Causes And Effects Of Prohibition

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As if becoming the decade of the worst economic bust in history, usually referred to as the Great Depression, was not enough, the early 19th century also came to be known as the age of Prohibition. For many years prior to the 1920s, a growing number of people had feared the damage alcohol could do to America. After years of work by organizations such as the Anti-Saloon League, the Eighteenth Amendment was passed and prohibition started on January 16, 1919 and continued until December 5, 1933. Although it was formed to stop drinking completely, it ended up being a resounding failure. It created a large number of bootleggers who were able to supply the public with illegal alcohol. Even most Americans viewed the amendment as a challenge and proceeded to produce and consume alcohol anyway causing many law abiding citizens to become criminals themselves. The introduction of prohibition in 1919 created numerous issues in American society. Prohibition had been a long-standing issue in America, with groups promoting it since the late eighteenth century. The movement grew tremendously during the nineteenth century. When the United States entered World War 1 in 1914, there was a shortage of grain due to the long demands to feed the soldiers. Since grain is one of the major components in alcohol, the temperance movement now had the target they needed to fuel their fight. During the next five years many states enacted their own prohibition laws, and finally, on December 16,1919,

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