“Prohibition succeeded in replacing good beer with bad gin.” (Digital History) The 18th Amendment was put to use to prohibit the sale and the intake of alcoholic beverages. However, by passing the 18th Amendment, the government ultimately helped to contribute to the downfall of American culture and the increase in the crime rate. People no longer wanted to be involved in public activities away from their homes. These, along with others, were all the effects of the government enforcing the amendment, essentially deciding what the people could or could not drink. On the midnight of January 16, 1920, the United States went dry; this was the beginning of the Prohibition.
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).
Tyler Romel Ms. Hayden US History 7 January 2014 What was the Affect of Prohibition in the United States? The 18th Amendment of the United States, states the banning of alcohol in the United States whether you’re producing it, selling it, or transporting alcohol. This amendment went in affect in the early 1920’s. Making this amendment might have had an opposite affect on what the United States was looking for. Most people ended up drinking more when the 18th Amendment was established causing organizations to form and repeals against the 18th Amendment to occur.
The prohibition era lasted from 1920 to 1933. Many people, especially politicians running for office during this time, wanted to see the sale and manufacturing of alcohol banned. Prohibition in the United States was a plan that politicians designed in order to put a stop to drinking. They wanted to reduce drinking by eliminating all businesses that either manufactured, distributed, or sold alcoholic beverages. The Eighteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution took away licenses to do business from the all brewers, distillers, vintners, and the sales of alcoholic beverages.
Did the Prohibition Era cause a negative or a positive outcome for America? Many laws were passed during the early 1900’s in America, but one in particular that really stands out, was the Prohibition Act. It was a national ban on making, selling, importing, and transporting alcohol, and was started by a movement that was led by some religious groups and social progressive members of the Democratic and Republican parties. The reason for it was an attempt to improve public morals, reduce crime and corruption, improve health and hygiene and reduce the tax burden created by prisons and poorhouses. It was mandated under the 18th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and was in place from 1920 until 1933, when it was repealed.
In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald examines the negative repercussions of prohibition on the economy, characters in the Great Gatsby, and on the different social classes of the 1920s. Prohibition was passed to eradicate the demand for liquor but had the inadvertent effect to raise the crime rates in American. Robert Scott stated, “Prohibition was supposed to lower crime and corruption, reduce social problems, lower taxes needed to support prisons and poorhouses, and improve health and hygiene in America” (Scott 2). As the demand for alcohol increased, people began to find new methods to mask the production and consumption of liquor. It became easier to break the rules.
The article “’We Sang Rock of Ages’: Frances Willard Battles Alcohol in the late 19th Century” (Willard) reflects the temperance movement and the prohibition on alcohol in the 1920’s by banning the use of alcohol for any use other then medical use. The theme of the Literature was to explain what the Temperance Movement was about. The Temperance Movement was a major campaign on the prohibition on alcohol that is to stop the drinking of alcohol in the United States of America. The Temperance Movement had a major issue about people drinking alcohol. It was a major issue because alcohol was ruining families and making families poor.
Other problems are brought up about all of the job loss that this prohibition would cause. Prohibition was created to reform social behaviors and uprising crimes caused by this dry state that later led to the revocation of the 18th amendment. Before the temperance movement and the 18th amendment, problems with abuse and overdose were starting to occur. A committee called the Anti-Saloon League (ASL) started taking concern and really trying to put an end to drinking in the states. Most Americans reformed to the idea that alcohol probably wasn’t a good thing, although there were plenty more not in favor of this movement.