The Early Fight on Booze
Drinking in the 1920’s was influenced mostly by prohibition; the government put forth prohibition in order to make more productive workers. Henry Ford announced, "The country couldn't run without Prohibition. That is the industrial fact.” Temperance movements would portray alcohol as to causing poverty, crime, corruption, social problems, and tax burdens. John D. Rockefeller alone donated close to $350,000 to the Anti-Saloon League. Both of these business leaders believed that alcohol decreased the efficiency of their workers, and if alcohol were banned it would be better for their business.
After the civil war soldiers would come back for the army looking for places to drink, they would go to saloons and drink. Since alcohol was being portrayed as the root of all evil, and the temperance and prohibition movements were trying to decrease the consumption, saloons were being taxed heavily and forced to pay money to stay in business. Many saloons closed due to this high taxation and only a few thrived in the big cities. They also passed laws that saloons had to be placed at certain distances from other businesses. It was like this for a good 40 years before prohibition came into play and closed down everything, but this did not affect much of the alcohol consumption during prohibition.
Alcohol was consumed greatly after prohibition started, many businesses closed down because of prohibition, but for every bar closed 6 “underground” speakeasies were opened. A speakeasy is a place where drinks are served and is like a nightclub. Besides serving drinks, speakeasies served cocktails and variety of finger-food. Much of finger-food used in the twenties are still commonly made today for parties or special gatherings. At these popular parties, there were rarely any tables and everyone's favorite dish was Caesar Salad with whipped sour cream. People were either eating or dancing. The most famous drink during that time was the...