The Prohibition Era

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Prohibition is the 18th amendment, in which alcohol is not allowed to be distributed, bought, or sold. In the beginning, people called it, “The Great Experiment.” The amendment was voted on by the president at the time, Woodrow Wilson. It was ratified on January 16th, 1919, and the next year, on the same day, the amendment went into effect. Many people would still go on to sell alcohol in places called, “Speakeasies.” Surprisingly enough, there were more alcohol related deaths and health issues during prohibition, than before prohibition. There was one question, “Will prohibition last?” Ideas of prohibition date back to the 19th century. Many people didn’t like the idea of alcohol and others blamed alcohol for problems in society. People wanted to improve society. Many decided to form organizations to fight against buying, selling, and distributing any form of alcohol. (Rosenberg n.pag.) Then, finally, prohibition was ratified to the U.S. Constitution on January 16th, 1919. The amendment was discussed for about a year, and on January 19th, 1920, the 18th amendment went...

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