Moonshiners were around before the 1920s, mostly in Tennessee and more southern states, however they were not as popular until Prohibition became in effect (Saloon). The people making the alcohol used to worry about the quality of the alcohol, however onc... ... middle of paper ... ...ishment in order for people to enjoy something they love. Ultimately, I do not agree with this counterculture because of the law they were breaking. I do not think anyone should go against or sneak around the government in any way. I think every law is made for a reason and if one culture does not follow them it could cause others to follow, and then there would be no order in our society.
The law was implemented to prevent excess drinking during the hard economic times. While the law had good intentions, it is known that it conjured up the opposite of what it was intended to do. Prohibition was an extremely controversial time in American history. A quote from Henry H. Curran, an official from the AAPA (Association Against the Prohibition Amendment) states that "Excessive drinking among young people is a natural consequence of our prohibition laws. This is not evidence of depravity on their part, but a youthful reaction against the challenge of restraint.
By making alcohol illegal nationally, such as it would be with prohibition, the social problems of America would be fixed. On January 16, 1920 alcohol became i... ... middle of paper ... ...ad, it added to the problems it was intended to solve”(Thornton). We can see that prohibition did reduce the amount of alcohol consumed in the United States, but alcohol use was not altogether eliminated. The social problems that were hoped to be addressed were not solved either. The great experiment that was prohibition did not accomplish its goals of solving the social problems of America and eliminating alcohol consumption.
Overall, the Prohibition was an experimental and learning period of time for the United States of America. The government was convinced that it could possibly solve many of the societal problems in the U.S. This resulted in them passing the 18th Amendment and The Volstead Act, prohibiting the manufacture, sale, and distribution of liquor. Due to this, gangsters and mobsters ruled the Alcohol Industry. When citizens and government realized this Prohibition was not having the positive benefits they expected, the 21st Amendment was passed, repealing the prohibition and returning America’s favorite pass time to them.
Banning guns in the US is a terrible idea because it will not keep guns out of the hands of criminals, it will hurt law abiding citizens, and most importantly may leave citizens at the hands of a tyrannical government. Banning guns in the US will not do anything to help because it will not keep guns away from criminals. According to Richard Felman’s “We Focused On The Wrong Things” 500,000 guns are stolen annually. (Felman, 12) This means criminals will still be able to access guns even if we ban them. Gun safety laws have seemed to do nothing as shown in Washington D.C.
The main reason the prohibition brought so many changes was simply because Americans didn’t want to make any more sacrifices after the war (Klor 436). Since Americans didn’t want to make the sacrifice they came up with their own way of getting what they wanted. This mentality changed the moral values of society. The people were no longer focused on doing what was right but doing what was going to benefit them and allow them to self-gain. Another aspect of the prohibition that brought change was the illegal smuggling of alcohol into the United States.
The Prohibition Era, the time in American history in which the American government made the manufacture, transfer, or sale of intoxicating liquors illegal, lasted from January 16th, 1920 to 1933. The idea was that if alcohol was taken away that crime associated with drinking would diminish, this was not the case. Prohibition was not the original idea, governments originally pushed for drinking in moderation. (Thinkquest.org) After the Revolutionary War drinking was starting to become popular, to stop this from becoming a problem areas would push citizens to drink the many forms of liquor in moderation. After a many decades the movements didn’t want to push moderation anymore and started to work for the total prohibition of alcohol.
But after the war, the idea came up again and since nothing was really happening in the country interest for the cause grew. World war 1 was a great win for the temperance groups beca... ... middle of paper ... ...legal. Although this was horrible for the people they decided along with the gangs that they would make alcohol and sell it illegally on the black market to the people who were against the movement. The most famous gang to make money off of the movement was the infamous Al capon gang. They would make alcohol in tubs in apartment buildings.743 After the government realized that there was no chance to stop the consumption of alcohol and again but this time with age limits.
Prohibition did not achieve its goals. Instead, it added to the problems it was intended to solve and supplanted other ways of addressing problems. The only successors of Prohibition were bootleggers, crime bosses, and the forces of big government. The Prohibition of alcohol was probably the most senseless Amendment in the history of the United States of America. Everyday people were forced to change their penchants of drinking alcoholic beverages.
People that agreed with prohibition didn't realize that even without alcohol this issues would still exist, especially because they couldn't truly enforce the law. All that opposed figured out that it would majorly impact americas revenue and peoples freedoms. Also because peoples freedoms were taken away others would sneak around the law causing crime. Even though it was a failure because of america's lack of profit, rise of crime, and the loopholes within the law; it helped create foundations around the subject of alcohol like how it was harder to receive alcohol so americans would drink less and the regulations of the sale of alcohol. Prohibition, The noble experiment, was a failure but it helped us to regulate the situation and lead us to realize the wrongs and rights of this law.