The reasons why it failed miserably were that forced taxation was near impossible, very hard to hold a strong military appearance, and that each state over powered the nation its self in power. In the time period of the publication of the Articles, the authors were most likely suffering from remembrance of England’s taxes. Clearly showing why they wanted to cut the federal governments power to tax. This idea ended up coming back to bite the US. It was bad because “taxes not only raise revenue but they can regulate too.” For instance, if a government raised taxes on tobacco products, it will show the governments distastes towards tobacco and make less people buy it.
With crime increasing, the law failed to make a stand against prohibition. As gangs began to form due to the Prohibition Act crime rate increased. Government policies against alcohol in the era of 1920 's had great goals, but these goals never materialised due to poor enforcement and corruption which not only led to organized crime, but later on caused the emergence of speakeasies. Prohibition led to the emergence of speakeasies. “In the 1700s the nature of the tavern began to change as rum became plentiful and cheap.
The 1920s carried much change in society. Some of these changes were more rights for women, jazz music, and prohibition. The people of the 1920s were disillusioned by society lacking in idealism and vision, sense of personal alienation, and Americans were obsessed with materialism and outmoded moral values (The Roaring Twenties).Cultural changes were strongly influenced by the destruction of World War I ending 1918. America needed to recover and with it youth rebelled against the norms of the older generations. The prohibition outlawed alcohol to try and diminish the crime rate.
Prohibition was an amendment that caused the ban of alcohol and anything related to it. America was suffering because of alcohol, so prohibition was enforced. Little did the country know, prohibition would cause America to suffer far more. America was facing various problems due to alcohol such as death, crime, and loss of money. America expected to solve these problems by banning alcohol; never did the country expect the problems to worsen.
After the Prohibition, alcohol manufacturers were heavily taxed. Manufacturers cheated the government by reporting fewer sales and keeping the extra tax money. But when Grant found out about the scandal he said, “ Let no guilty man escape!” (Alter 37). After Babcock was charged, Grant was willing to acquit Babcock’s case because they had fought together in the Civil War. By contradicting himself and favoring his friends, he promoted corruption in his cabinet.
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
It was made illegal in the 1930’s for the same reasons as alcohol, because it was believed that it was going to do harm to society. As years have gone by, it is obvious that a mistake was made. The fact that marijuana was made illegal has created numerous problems for the United States that on the long run could have been easily avoided. Countries in different parts of the world and some states within the United States have already legalized marijuana and they have all shown positive outcomes out of their decisions. Although marijuana is illegal in majority of the states, legalizing marijuana for recreational use would bring about social and economical reforms that would help deter crime in the country, increase the amount of money the government makes, and also help people that are medically in need of the drug.
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.
Proponents of alcohol prohibition were made up of those affected by others use of alcohol, religious groups who saw the consumption of alcohol as sinful and others. The face of prohibition, however was the anti-saloon league, an organization responsible for leading the fight against alcohol by attempting to limit its use through legislation. The article “Going Dry” by Michael A. Lerner gives an explanation as to how the anti-saloon league increased political momentum for prohibition by intentionally or not allying itself with a number of other causes important to voters during the era. “Calls to curb the abuse of alcohol by closing the saloon overlapped with Progressive efforts to improve public health and welfare. Demands for ‘good government’ and municipal reform went with dry efforts to purge the influence of saloon owners in urban politics.
Since there was debt because of the war, the economy was already very bad in Britain – therefore they taxed the colonies. When the colonies started boycotting British products and threatened to stop trading with them all together, it was successful because Britain’s economy wasn’t strong enough to handle those things. The merchants in Britain couldn’t afford to have trade with America end. If the British merchants were hurt, this would thus hurt The economy as a whole in Britain. In later decades, in the War of 1812, America would try to stop trade with Britain again using a method called embargo, which would not be effective because they did not have the debt that the War had caused.