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.
This was caused by the lack of regulations and laws which allowed businessmen to get away with paying their employees unethically low wages without benefits. This lack of regulations and laws also enabled business to cut corners, which lead to unsafe product, such as spoiled meat as seen in document 2, and child labor, which is seen in document 3, in order to save money. During the gilded era, corrupt politicians added to the problems and injustices. Document 4 shows this using a comic. In the comic it shows that the “bosses of the senate” were the politicians which were backed up by big business and corporations.
However, these officers had difficulties pursuing bootleggers. This is because of the insufficient resources for the police that could not enable their efficient operations to keep up with adequately bankrolled organized criminal groups. Given the little payment the prohibition officers received, they could not operate as enforcement agents without being compromised. Beside the little pay when compared to other skilled workers, enforcement agents were at risk of being killed by gangs whose illegal liquor businesses were threatened by these officers. More violent forms of crime such as murder became popular in major cities with murder rate climbing 78% across the entire country (Thorntorn, 1991).
The prohibition of alcohol disrupted the way Americans were used to living. All of a sudden drinking was illegal. This was supported by some, and it irritated many. It opened up opportunities for organized crime to start manufacturing and distributing of liquor, while making millions of dollars along the way. This made police officers jobs more difficult because the people who wanted to drink had to do it illegally, and the cops were cracking down.
Which leads to the rebuttal of the argumentative piece, “Curiously, most members of Congress who take a hard line on immigration also strongly oppose increasing the minimum wage, claiming it will hurt businesses and reduce jobs” (Dukakis & Mitchell, 2006). Nonetheless the authors have an exception to this rebuttal, that is if “We want to reduce illegal immigration, it makes sense to reduce the abundance of extremely low-paying jobs that fuels it. If we raise the minimum wage, it’s possible some low- end jobs may be lost; but more Americans would also be willing to work in such jobs, thereby denying them to people who aren’t supposed to be here in the first place” Assuming that most american citizens are going to work, they would take up all the jobs provided out there, assuming that the minimum wage went up and they would be payed better (Dukakis & Mitchell,
This particular tax affected farmers more than other groups. Farmers profited from the sale of whiskey and were very hostile to the idea. Hamilton understood that extinguishing the rebellion was critical and the country needed to demonstrate control without toleration. Hamilton advocated for military force. At first Washington sent negotiators, but soon realized his words would not be efficient enough to dissolve the conflict.
The drug problem today is very large and continues to grow more serious every year. An international enterprise has been organized for the production distribution of drugs heroin and cocaine in particular (Adler, Mueller, & Laufer, 2013, p. 364). Law enforcement and health agencies have made efforts to control the drug problem. These efforts stem in drug trafficking, treating addicts, educating the public, and arresting and incarcerating offenders (Adler, Mueller, & Laufer, 2013, p. 364). The strategies that focus on arresting prostitutes are unlikely to be effective.
Individuals of todays civilization might view as these acts unreasonable or view them as loop holes. Gin could only be sold over a Gallon, this meant people would be buying a lot more than they needed this was wasted or people drank so much that they become so ill and died. Historians would view this as an inerasable act, Mr. Swell would be favoured over this as he was promoting beer and wines, he stated that Gin workers cannot compare to that of beer drinkers and this was true. If historians viewed Gin workers in the present date they would be homeless and on the verge of death.
In result, many people began “bootlegging”, or making, distributing, or selling illicit goods, alcohol. This caused the U.S. to lose money from not being able to sell or tax the alcohol and make money from it. All of these factors caused the economic changes that occurred from World War
A lot of people did not agree with prohibition and still wanted a way to get alcohol. Prohibition started because alcoholism and domestic violence was at a high and by getting rid of alcohol Congress thought domestic violence, bar fights and things of that nature would go away. Gangsters came to power because people needed a way to get alcohol and gangsters had it. But with the rise of gangsters came the rise of organized crime, which was just as bad if not worse than when people could freely get alcohol. One quote that explains how organized crime became more and more in power, “In Chicago a bare six months of prohibition has raised the total of crime, figured for the entire year, more than 25 per cent.