The Controversy: The Role Of Prohibition In The United States

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At 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, 1920 months, the United States of America became a dry nation. The Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution prohibited Americans from manufacturing, selling, or transporting alcoholic beverages, for the next 12 years, 10 months, and 18 days until its repeal on December 5, 1953.(The Prohibition Era, Louise Chipley Slavicek) Many people have different opinions on prohibition and how it shaped our nation, for better or worse. Some people believe it was a noble cause, and many believe it was a big mistake. Prohibition was a mistake because it took away people’s freedom of choice to decide for themselves whether to consume alcohol; people who want to consume alcohol will still be able to make it or purchase from illegal sources; alcohol made from illegal sources pose a threat to the health and safety of the consumer; leads to loss of taxes and jobs; and criminal organizations will profit from prohibition leading to increased illegal activities. (www.philforhumanity.com/Prohibition_of_Alcohol.html) Prohibition caused a lot of controversy in the United Sates in the 1920’s. The 18th Amendment took away the freedom of…show more content…
Those illegally distributing alcohol could not use the legal system to resolve differences, so they had to resort to violence. In turn, forcing the police department to increase forces to enforce the prohibition law, and less for the other crimes .(http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/miron.prohibition.alcohol) Prohibition banned only the manufacturing, sale and transport, but not consumption or possession of alcohol, so many people bought liquor before the 18th Amendment was passed. (www.1920-30.com/prohibition/) Criminal organizations mostly profited by the prohibition which in turn promoted other illegal activities.

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