The Effects of Prohibition in Scoiety

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Imagine a world without alcohol. For a total of thirteen years, many Americans lived in a life with no alcohol. During these thirteen years, crime and murder rates rose dramatically. “Prohibition lasted twelve years, ten months, nineteen days during which crime, corruption, and cynicism led a large majority of Americans to conclude that the noble experiment had been a disastrous mistake” (“National” 143). Prohibition was perhaps America’s greatest failure because it altered Americans’ views on the use of alcohol. Congress created and passed the 18th Amendment was made because they thought it could end ignorance, poverty, violence, public gruff, and disease (“National” 50). The 18th Amendment makes the sale, manufacturing, and transportation of alcohol illegal (“Jan.” par. 1). On January 16, 1919, Prohibition took effect in the United States (“Jan.” par. 3). With the start of Prohibition, many people thought that sales would increase. Miserably, the opposite happens and sales dramatically decrease. Prohibition, also known as the Noble Experiment, because many people did not know what would happen if American were alcohol free (Lerner par. 2). In 1919, the Volstead Act was created to enforce the new 18th Amendment (Cooper as sited by Dudley and Chalberg 93). Moreover, the legal alcohol content of alcohol under the Volstead Act was 0.5 percent (“National” 79). With the banning of alcohol, many businesses could barely stay open. Some bars stayed open by selling products such as non-alcoholic beverages (“The Prohibition” par. 6). During World War one, there was a Prohibition that took effect because the grain was needed for the war efforts (“The Prohibition” par 4). During this time, alcohol was legal, but the alcohol content could ... ... middle of paper ... ... Novick revisit Prohibition.” America 10 Oct. 2011: Web. 24 Feb. 2014. . Severn, Bill. The End of the Roaring Twenties: Prohibition and Repeal. New York: Julian Messener, 1969. Print. Stayton, William H. “Prohibition is a Failure.” Ed. William Dudley and John C. Chalberg. Detroit: Gale Cengage Learning, 2007. 94-96. Print. "TIME TRIP." Current Events, a Weekly Reader publication 17 Nov. 2000: 2. Global Issues in Context. Web. 24 Feb. 2014. .
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