The Volstead Act/Prohibition in the 20’s: The Push, Effects, and Repeal

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How much information about the Volstead/Prohibition Act of the 1920, do you know about? In December 18th, 1917, Congress sent the eighteenth Amendment to the states. On January 16th, 1818, the act banned the manufacture, sale of transport of intoxicating liquor. In the year of 1919, the Volstead/Prohibition act states “intoxicating” as all beverages containing more than 0.5 percent alcohol which became illegal when the eighteenth Amendment went into effect in 1920. The prohibition Act of the 1920’s was brought into laws due to the push of temperance but reinforcing the law was weak so untimely, there were lots of bad effects. First, there were major reforms to stop alcohol consumption between the 1840’s until Prohibition went into effect in 1920. There were concerns over excessive alcohol consumption at the beginning of the American colonial era. During the eighteen century, drinking was a part of everyday life. There were reformers like the Protestant religious groups, especially the Methodists and health reformers like Benjamin Rush, who urged American to stop their drinking habits for both moral and health reasons. Reformer were pushing for prohibition due to the moral reason of how drinking affect your families at home which was supported by “The liberties and sanctity of the home are protected” (“Hobson, P. Richmond”). “Thus a man is little less of a man after each drink he take” shows in the text that there is a chance that if you drink excessive amount of alcohol then it might cause lung related diseases like lung cancer and also add to the hard fact that if keep drinking more and more alcohol then you might get drunk which count as a sin back in the 1840’s especially for religious groups (“Hobson, P. Richmond”). Second, ... ... middle of paper ... ...nce said, “We either believe in the dignity of the individual, the rule of law, and the prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment, or we don’t. There is no middle ground” (“Panetta, Leon”). Works Cited Panetta, Leon. “Prohibition Quotes”. N/A. N/A. 13 January 2014. Web. Hamm, Richard F. “Prohibition”. Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States. David S. Tanenhaus. Vol. 4. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008. 134-136. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 8 Jan. 2014. Hobson, P. Richmond. “The Prohibition Amendment”. K. Austin Kerr of Ohio State. 22 Dec., 1914. web. 08 Jan. 2014. “1920 Prohibition Enforcing the 18th Amendment”. (2012): n. page. 2012. Web. 08 Jan. 2014 .
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