How Did Prohibition Changed America

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Prohibition: A Time that Changed America Forever Briana Baillie HIST 382 Jeff Smith December 1, 2011 When deplorable excesses happen, I hear many cry, “Would there were no wine! O folly! O madness!” Is it the wine which causes this abuse? No. If you say, “Would there were no wine!” because of drunkards, then you must say, going on by degrees, “Would there were no night!” because of thieves, “Would there were no light!” because of informers, and “Would there were no women!” because of adultery. St. John Chrysostom Prohibition in the United States, also referred to as the Nobel Experiment, was a time when the nation put out a ban on the sale, manufacture, and transportation of liquor. Prohibitionists lobbied with the best of intentions, a crime-free and healthy future, but did not realize that Prohibition would be one of the worst things to happen to America. Prohibitionists envisioned a community where public drunkenness and crime would be reduced through the…show more content…
I keeping to this, they outlawed drunkenness, not drinking. Outlawing drinking would have been inconceivable, as the Bible itself was filled with passages about the joys and pleasures of drinking. This eulogy, in the Book of Proverbs, would have been at home on a wall in every bar: “Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy heart. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.” (Holy Bible) It is not surprising that clergymen were among the biggest drinkers of all, with this kind of holy approval. At every house call, of which some clergymen made around twenty or so a day, they were offered drinks, usually rum or cider, and when they departed they took a farewell drink to be polite. However, not all clergymen were drinkers; most Temperance movements and much of the Prohibition movement were staffed with dry clergy of one denomination or

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