The Cause And Effects Of The Prohibition Era

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Imagine a strange man is recklessly driving on the freeway late at night. The police began to chase him down. They tell him to get out, and they start to test his basic motor skills, mental ability, and his breath for signs of intoxication. He fails this test and is arrested for drunk driving. What is the catalyst responsible for his apprehension; is it his poor choices or is it the alcohol he drank? Obviously, it is the alcohol followed by his choice to drink and drive which inhibited necessary basic skills that got him arrested. The usage of alcohol was a controversial issue a century ago after a religious movement which led to the passage of the 18th Amendment, banning the usage of alcoholic beverages. This period, called the Prohibition Era by many, occurred for many reasons which impacted the US for decades. Some causes for the ratification of the 18th Amendment were a moral issue, women’s suffrage, and discrimination. The…show more content…
Due to the causes above and consequences of Prohibition precisely its unpopularity, FDR promised to repeal the 18th Amendment as a way to gain more supporters. The want for the repealing of Prohibition led to his win in the 1932 election in a landslide. The main long-term effect was the creation of organized crime. Prohibition indirectly created a secret network of criminals that were able to sell and distribute the material illegally. Before this period there was no such thing as organized crime, but ever since then, it has existed. This journey of the country through the ban of alcohol actually led to more people drinking alcohol. Another short-term effect of the revoking of Prohibition was the increased revenue gained as a result of taxation on alcoholic beverages. Although the barring of alcohol was arguably a good idea, failed enforcement and little long-term, after the 18th Amendment’s ratification, support made Prohibition a detriment to the US economy and the country in
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