The Consequences Of Prohibition In America

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Prohibition Prohibition was a major part of the 1920s, “Prohibition created more crime. It destroyed legal jobs and created a black market in which criminals violently fought over” (Hanson). The 18th amendment was mainly created to help stop problems and abuse that was occurring in families because of alcoholic husbands. The amendment also promised to lower crime and violence rates, but instead, it increased them. Prohibition had the intention to do good but, it ended up creating many more problems for the U.S. to handle both economically and socially. The U.S. was working on the 18th Amendment for many years before it was actually approved because they needed to ensure everyone was on board. Although their vote was for Prohibition, the senate still needed at least three-fourths of the states to agree with the proposition (Lieurance 6). On January 16, 1919, thirty-six out of forty-eight states had finally approved the 18th Amendment, but it wouldn’t be until January 16, 1920, that it became operative (Lieurance 7). Thousands of people began migrating into the U.S, causing a great rise in population along with the rates of crime, poverty, and violence (Lieurance 5). Americans felt that alcohol was the root of all these problems because of what they experienced in their own families alone (Lieurance 5). After the 18th Amendment was passed, the U.S. also passed the Volstead Act to help further enforce the laws of prohibition. The Volstead Act was mainly created to generate
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