Cultural Conflict In The 1920's

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The origins of the intense cultural conflict of the 1920s, was Prohibition. Prohibition was the 18th Amendment, which banned the production and selling of alcohol. This caused a large part of the country to be very upset and had speakeasies behind closed doors. A speakeasy is an illicit bar. When speakeasies arose, so did flappers and gangsters. The outcomes of Prohibition, was gangsters, flappers, and a fear of Communists. Gangsters arose from Prohibition, due to realizing the people still wanted alcohol and saw the profit they could make from selling alcohol. Gangster sold alcohol to speakeasies, which caused them to make a large amount of money during this time. They made so much due to the government not being able to tax their profits. Al Capone, made millions from bootlegging. Because of his business, he had many rivalries. Because of his rivalries, he called for the assassination of seven of them. The assassination of the rivals was called the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. This shows a large outcome of Prohibition, which was the amount of crime. Prohibition, brought out the dark side of society. Gangsters, brought violence and selling of narcotics throughout the years of…show more content…
Throughout the time of Prohibition, there was a large fear of Communism. Communism was a fear in America, due to it overthrowing the royal family in Russia in the early 1900’s. It caused more fear, when more workers continuously went on strike throughout the time period. Communism was such a large fear factor in America, due to the fear of losing Democracy. They were fearful of any sort of change, so due to what was happening in Russia, it caused the American people to fear any chance of it happening to them. Due to the American people’s fear, it caused them to arrest many people, with little to no evidence of being Communist. This was a dark part of the Prohibition Era, due to putting people in prison with little to no

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