A Synthesis Essay: The Role Of Prohibition In The United States

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During the first two decades of the 20th century, wide immigrants population full of conflicts and colorful mix of ethnic groups such as Italians, Russians, African-Americans and others started to immigrate to United States especially to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. These immigrants started forming organized crime groups, most are Italian frustrated by the poor life style they had in Italy. Consequently they chose to join the American Mafia.
On January 16th 1919, the 18th amendment is approved by 36 states in the United States of America and goes into effect on the federal level, so by the terms of the amendment, the country went dry one year later on January 17th 1920, which is referred to The Prohibition era in the United States. In other words, it’s the prohibition of alcoholic beverages in the United States through banning the production, import, transport and sale of alcoholic beverages and declaring its illegalness. Hence on daybreak of January 17, 1920 one of the personal habits and everyday practices of most Americans suddenly diminished. Prohibition was undertaken mainly to reduce the amount of liquor consumed, and for other significant purposes to reduce crime and corruption, solve social problems and to improve health
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But we must take into consideration the general outturn of prohibition, not just decreased alcoholic beverages consumption. Prohibition had prevalent effects on every feature of alcohol production, import, transport and sale. In summary, prohibition did not attain its objectives it was a Failure, it added complexity to the problems rather than solving them. The only people who benefited from this act where crimes bosses and bootleggers. On December 5, 1933, Prohibition in the United States ended with the passage of the 21th Amendment to the United States

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