Hypocrisy Of The 18th Amendment

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Temporary fun with lifelong consequences; alcohol. In 1919 the 18th amendment was ratified, this amendment declared it illegal to manufacture, transport and sell alcoholic beverages. America repealed Prohibition due to the crime rate increasing, failure of enforcement and no money being made off of alcohol. Due to the crime rate increasing majorly during Prohibition America had second thoughts on it. The US Census and FBI Uniform Crime Reports in Drug War Facts shows us a graph representing the homicide rate before, during and after the years of Prohibition. Before Prohibition the homicide number in 1919 was approximately 7 per every 100,000 Americans. In the middle of Prohibition, year 1933, the homicide rate had rose to 10 per every 100,000 Americans. A couple years after Prohibition had ended, year 1940, the homicide rate dropped back …show more content…

The men who created this law were not even following it. A deputy U.S Attorney General for Prohibition enforcement, Mabel Walker Willebrandt explains she is tired of the hypocrisy. It she showed by her asking “How can you have the heart to prosecute a bootlegger, send a man to jail for six months or a year for selling a pint or quart of whiskey, when you know for a fact that the men who make the laws.. Are themselves patronizing bootleggers?” (Doc. D) This document conveys that Americans wanted to repeal the 18th Amendment because it is unfair to have to follow a law that law makers are not even following themselves. In addition, the failure of enforcement was due to the fact of there not being enough police to stop everyone from getting alcohol. Frederic J. Haskin states, “Smuggling from Mexico and Canada has been successful on a large scale because it is an utter impossibility to patrol thousands of miles of border… (B)ootleggers…” (Doc. C) Everyone knew they could get alcohol one way or another because there was not enough cops to patrol the

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