Who is to say gambling, recreational drugs, or alcohol are right or wrong? Prohibition played a preeminent role in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and caused many people to challenge the law which ultimately lead to its demise during the Roaring Twenties. Even in the early times, alcohol was a key component in everyone’s lives. According to Tori Avey in “The Great Gatsby, Prohibition, and Fitzgerald” in colonial times people drank beverages containing alcohol at every meal. Weak beer and cider was the choice dinks in the 1700's (Avey).
This is where the rise in organized crime came in. “For the first time the United States experienced a massive ... ... middle of paper ... ...e or prohibition agents zeroed-in on breweries, Capone was forewarned and hastily converted the targeted facilities to production of near-beer (Heimel 38). As one example of the amount of money changing hands, consider George Remus. He was one of the most profitable, if not the most profitable, bootlegger of the 1920’s. Out of the estimated $40,000,000 a year that he made, half of it went for bribes and payoffs (Behr 104).
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The 1920s was a time that was all about gangsters, speakeasies, and the glamor! A main thing that happened during this time was Prohibition. Prohibition was when an amendment was passed where the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcohol was made illegal, but not the consumption. (“All You Need to Know about the Prohibition”) In the beginning of Prohibiton, it had a seventy-five percent approval rate from the states. (“Speakeasies of the Prohibition Era”) Prohibition advocates wanted to protect the children, either them being around alcohol or the consumption.
The sale of alcohol in America is a major economical contributor bringing in billions of dollars yearly. However, almost a hundred years ago the distribution and consumption of alcohol became illegal in America spanning thirteen years altogether. This era in American history is widely known as Prohibition and resulted from temperance movements sweeping the nation. As supporters of the temperance movement felt that alcohol had adverse effects on American society and greatly affected the health of consumers. The main supporters of this movement was comprised mostly of women early on as their husbands alcoholism resulted in instability and abuse.