Prohibition In The 1920s

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Throughout history, there have been many ups and downs within American society. One period of time in which American economy was undoubtedly booming was the 1920s. The 1920s were a such an important period that there was even a name to define it - the Golden Age. As the Prohibition progressed, public disregard for the Prohibition led to significant changes in American culture. In addition to this, Prohibition enforcement was also occurring. Furthermore, the ongoing conflict surrounding the Prohibition affected the election of 1928 and political support for the presidential candidates at the time. During the time in which the Prohibition occurred, there was a significant amount of public disregard for the law. There was a new world at this time, one in which people would secretly drink and one that was no longer guided by unspoken rules of social drinking (McGirr, 104). Many people who did not agree with the prohibition saw the negative effects that it was having on the country. McGirr states, “One New Yorker went so far to declare that Prohibition fueled a cultural ‘state of civil war’” (McGirr, 104). Nightlife in New York City was expanding multiculturally, and could also be felt in small cities and towns elsewhere (McGirr, 104). This new world of mixed nightlife still remains in many cities throughout the United States today (McGirr, 104). Multiple racial boundaries were crossed, and African American culture was introduced into some white neighborhoods (McGirr, 110). One
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