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Source E is a letter write as an opinion of a wealthy industrialist in
1932. Because this is a letter, and is not for a newspaper or a
magazine article, we can trust that theses are his true opinions.
Source F, is a piece written by a prohibition commissioner so
obviously it is going to be biased and in favour of the law. It is
written at the time prohibition had been introduced, so short term
there had not been long enough to look at the long-term consequences.
It was his job to make the public feel secure about prohibition and he
also wanted to gain respect from the general publics, and would be
seen as a hero if prohibition went smoothly. It doesn't actually tell
us what happened during the time of prohibition because it was written
just as prohibition was being introduced which was not enough time to
see the consequences clearly. Like source E, this accounts only
written by one person, and does not prove that all prohibition agents
felt this way.
Both sources are reliable in different ways. Source E has witnessed
events of prohibition over the years and would appear that he has no
reason to lie. F is reliable because it shows the expectations of
prohibition. He makes promises, which can make the reader believe they
are reliable and can they can trust what they are saying. It also
shows that there was high expectations for prohibition and that it was
being used as a law to make America a better place. This is accurate
to show the enthusiasm.
Source E is reliable in a couple of ways. It is a contemporary source.
This is because it is from a supporter who in conclusion, has admitted
the failure. He does this because he has the advantage of looking at
the hindsight, which shows a whole picture by 1923 and is backed up
well by source A which says that this was in fact one of America's
greatest ever criminal booms.
You can say source E is slightly unreliable because it does say if
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been associated with. It is his own personal opinions and therefore is
he could easily lie about it. It is also the opinion of just one
person, and would be more believable if it was from a group of people.
His observations are based on assertions and not facts, so this only
gives part of the story about it. The other part he does not include.
There is nothing about the other reasons for the failure and ignores
the success in many rural areas throughout America. Also, about
different police bribes were mentioned, which suggest that many of the
general public did not know about this, even after 12 years when
prohibition had been introduced.
In conclusion, source E is arguably more believable than source F.
Source E covers events up to 1932, which already mentioned has a
bigger advantage of reviewing prohibition consequences than source F.
Saying this, source E is also unreliable because one person only
writes it. Taking the advantages and disadvantages of each source,
source F cannot sustain to be reliable about prohibition because it
was too biased, too early to back up its original points and written
by one person, not an opinon of a group.