The 1920's Essay: Speakeasies In The 1920s

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Speakeasies in the 1920s The 1920s was the time that we think of when we think of Prohibition, The Great Gatsby, jazz, and the start of the Great Depression. Among the major things at the time were speakeasies and they were quite common being found in almost all major cities at the time. It didn’t matter where you were; if you needed a place to drink, a speakeasies was where you would go. Speakeasies became almost synonymous with the 1920s because of how they sprang up in response to the 18th amendment as well as being one of the reasons it failed, and how they would be connected to major criminal activities. For starters, Speakeasies were hidden illegal drinking dens because in 1920 the Volstead Act was passed, enforcing the 18th amendment making the sale, production, and consumption of any alcoholic…show more content…
If they didn’t they would catch the attention of just about all the police officers in an area and be promptly shut down faster than anyone can say “cheers”. Of course the previous paragraph detailed why that doesn’t matter as much. Ways of getting into a speakeasy could include handshakes, passwords, or even member cards. These things were less obvious than a giant advertisement over the radio, which is essentially a giant neon sign saying “ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES HERE!”, and allowed them to stay hidden. In conclusion, the effects of the 18th amendment and Volstead act, as well as crimes related to them made speakeasies synonymous with the 1920s. Though alcohol is now legal making speakeasies pointless today, what happened in them has carried on. Cocktails made in those establishments are still made today, and some remain as legal clubs to this day. Speakeasies are just one of the major things of the 1920s and even go to show how the 18th amendment

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