Prohibition Should Be Banned In The 1930's

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Its hard to believe to that back in the 1920’s and 1930’s that alcohol use was banned, which is better known as the Prohibition. It was known also as the “dry laws” and was a measure designed to reduce drinking by eliminating the manufacturing and distributing of alcohol. This law was established in the United States when it seemed that not many citizens in the country had been sober. “The leaders of the Prohibition or Temperance movement were alarmed at the drinking behavior of Americans and they were concerned that there was a culture of drinkers among some sectors of the population that with continuing immigration was spreading.” 1 In 1895, the movement grew stronger when the Anti-Saloon League and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union…show more content…
The “World Book Online article on Prohibition,” stated that on average men would drink 7.1 gallons of alcohol per year and women would drink 6.6 gallons a year. The drinking ways of Americans of this time was just way too much and there had to be a way to stop to the drinking. In the United States the most popular alcoholic beverages were whiskey and rum. Those two beverages contained the highest alcohol content of all other beverages. After all of this alcohol abuse, for many years, the people of the” high society” in the United States decided to ban all alcohol so the country could slow down and stop drinking. Many people didn’t know what to think other than to hoard as much alcohol as possible. 2 This was the beginning of much trouble and crime that was soon to happen. In general, informal social controls in the home and community helped maintain the expectation that the abuse of alcohol was unacceptable. There was a clear consensus that while alcohol was a gift from God in the 1800’s, its abuse was from the devil. “Drunkenness was condemned and punished, but only as an abuse of a God given gift.” Alcohol was widely believed to be of value in the medical field for various ailments. Alcohol was distributed as ‘medical alcohol’ throughout pharmacies. While the licensing of alcohol in moderate levels for medical uses occurred, Prohibition did pass!…show more content…
In the book “Dry Manhattan” in chapter eight, the city of New York suffered much embarrassment throughout the country. This city had the most crime rate at night, when all the nightclubs or bars were open. The mayor of New York wrote a letter saying “The Prohibition needs to end and our city has been embarrassed and we are sick of it.” Many people found that this was a big deal and some sort of law change needed to occur. It has been so many years of trying to smuggle alcohol and crime that people just plain had enough.
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