Prohibition DBQ

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Prohibition was a common fight in the United States from 1900 to 1919. Many people wanted alcohol to become illegal. Others thought against it. Prohibition was a huge success due to certain things. These things include children, the degrade of women, and states. All of these things continually brought success to prohibition. To begin, children were beginning used to have prohibition brought forth. In Document B, it shows a chart of defective children under alcoholization of fathers. Only 2.3% of children were defective when the father only drank occasionally. When a father drank moderate, 4.6% of children were defective. If the father drank heavily, then 9% of the children were defective. When the father became a drunkard, 19% of children…show more content…
In Document A, it says some things about what are in saloons. Women who are forced to be naked are in the saloons. They are taken away from their husbands and children to entertain men. This is not the image America wanted to have. In Document P, the newspapers wanted people to think it was only the women who wanted to get alcohol illegal. It is a cartoon that said saloons are closed due to women voters. Finally, states were also beginning to do things. Huge differences were being seen. In Documents J and K, it shows different occupations that were the most common in the United States. It also shows the percent of the people in those jobs that are fathers and the percent that are prohibitionist leaders. In every single group, the prohibitionist leaders make up less than 25% of the total. In places that had anywhere from 2,500 to 99,000 people, most of them were prohibitionist leaders. In Document M, it shows two maps. One is in 1904 where practically every county in the United States drank. In 1917 only very few still. The others had laws against drinking. This just shows that in a few short years, the country can change dramatically. All in all, prohibition was something that many people wanted. Yes people liked drinking. Husbands and fathers drank almost every day. More and more children were having birth defects, depending on how much the father drank. Women were being thought of as the cause to prohibition. States wanted people to stop drinking so they were created laws to end this. Prohibition was a success for these few
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