The Failure of Prohibition: An examination of “The Roaring Twenties”
By: Matt Sherman
“This convention wants repeal. Your candidate wants repeal. And I am confident that the United States of America wants repeal... I say to you now that from this date on, the Eighteenth Amendment is doomed.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1932
During president Roosevelt’s first term in office, he passed the 21st Amendment to the constitution, lifting the ban of alcohol. He did this because prohibition in America was a failure because of several factors. Americans were obsessed with alcohol, and prohibition could not put an end to its attraction. After alcohol was made illegal, several aspects of American life changed so that certain shrewd individuals could make a profit off of America’s fixation on alcohol. These changes…show more content… Web. 05 May 2011. .
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