A lot of money is made by producing and selling illegal liquor and Jay Gatsby was one of those so called bootleggers. In the 1920’s the 18th Amendment caused the prohibition of manufacturing, selling and transporting intoxicating-liquors. Alcohol in the United States was not longer legal. However, this did not stop most people from not consuming any alcohol. The following about banning liquor is said by “Tuggleb”; “This, as is the case even today with illegal industries, led to a black market and, consequently, a radical increase of citizens’ wealth who were willing to take advantage of this spiked demand.” (College of
Although drinking was generally thought to have declined during Prohibition, it had instead, continued uninterrupted in many parts of the country, particularly in large cities and areas with large foreign-born populations. Smuggling on such a large scale could not be prevented, and the illegal manufacture of liquor sprang up with such speed that authorities were hard pressed to contain it. Thus began a period of illegal drinking, lawbreaking, organized crime, and the corruption of public officials. During Prohibition there was a 24 percent increase in crime rate between 1920 and 1921. The rate of arrests on account of drunkenness rose 41 percent, and arrests for drunken driving increased 81 percent.
Bootlegging was the given name for this detour. It is described by Britannica.com as: “the illegal traffic of liquor in violation of legislative restrictions on its manufacture, sale, or transportation.” Large quantities of alcoholic beverages were illegally shipped across both The Canadian-American and The
The women wanted to limit the number of work hours for women. The Women’s Trade Union League pushed for minimum wage and eight hour work days. Along with fair working environments, women also started the Temperance Movement. The Temperance Movement was to try to pass the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the use, sale, transport, and production of alcohol. They did this because, their husbands would spend all of their paychecks on alcohol, and not be able to provide for the family.
Prohibition Prohibition was a major part of the 1920s, “Prohibition created more crime. It destroyed legal jobs and created a black market in which criminals violently fought over” (Hanson). The 18th amendment was mainly created to help stop problems and abuse that was occurring in families because of alcoholic husbands. The amendment also promised to lower crime and violence rates, but instead, it increased them. Prohibition had the intention to do good but, it ended up creating many more problems for the U.S. to handle both economically and socially.
For example, many people began to go to speakeasies to get illegal alcohol. Speakeasies were illegal places that secretly sold illegal alcohol during the Prohibition (Speakeasies). This was one of many methods people used for getting illegal alcohol during prohibition (1920s). During the Prohibition there were twice as many speakeasies as there were legal restaurants before the 18th Amendment went into effect (Behr, Edward). Many citizens did not want to compromise their right to choose to drink alcohol.
The Whiskey Rebellion occurred due to the tax imposed upon whiskey, the growing need to pay off war debts, and the urge to levy government power. The Whiskey Rebellion of 1791 occurred mainly throughout West Pennsylvania. The wealthy believed the tax was good for the society, while the laborers believed the government was being too harsh. Farmers rebelled against the tax that Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of State, placed upon whiskey. Tax was placed upon whiskey in order to show the government's power and to also help pay off the debts caused by the Revolutionary War.
President William Taft did not favor women 's suffrage and that it’s clear for everyone. Taft’s speech upsets everyone based on what he said, “That women in general had to be denied the right to vote because of the possibility that the less desirable among them might actually vote while the more intelligent among them choose not to vote.” (Lunardi 34). Alice’s rally took place in Independence Square, where it had been dedicated to the founding fathers. The Independence rally attracted two thousand people more than ever hearing about woman suffrage in Philadelphia. Alice went back home, but Christabel persuades her to stay, but she denied the invitation.
When the 18th amendment took effect many Americans were not happy. Even though prohibition was in place that did not stop people from getting alcohol. Bootleggers and gangsters became a big problem for society, along with many other things. The Prohibition movement began in the wake of a revival of protestantism that viewed alcohol as sinful. As the law passed liquor stores began to close and poor Americans became poorer.
In 1920 the ratification of the 18th Amendment to the U.S constitution, which banned the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors. State and Federal had a hard time enforcing Prohibition. Despite very early signs of success, including a decline in arrests for drunkenness and a reported 30 percent drop in alcohol consumption, those who wanted to keep drinking found ever-more inventive ways to do it. Prohibition, failing fully to enforce sobriety and costing billions, rapidly lost popular support in the early 1930s. In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed and ratified, ending national Prohibition.