Turning Up in the Twenties Analysis

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We are all trying to make the world a better place, whether it’s through trying to eliminate the use of drugs or making Sunday a Holy Day. Some have true intentions while others try to make the world fit their standards. However, we all have different likes and dislikes so we are unable to obtain the “perfect” world. By trying to force ones morality onto others it causes rebellion. 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). In the 1800's, farmers were able to cultivate more potent grains to make rum and whiskey (Avey). By 1830 men, 15 years and up, began drinking 88 bottles of whiskey per year; since then numbers have tripled (Avey). Men began losing their jobs, wasting paychecks, and neglecting their families. This called for a change.

Change came in the form of religious groups and women. According to in “Prohibition” in the 1820's religious revivalists swept across the United States calling for temperance ( Staff). Activist groups made it their mission to stop the consumption of alcohol so times could return to when they were simpler said Michael Lerner in “Unintended Consequences” (Lerner). Many new anti-alcohol groups came about such as the Anti-Saloon League and the Women's Christian Temperance Union wh...

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...s are, is marijuana the next prohibited item to become legalized?

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