The Failure Of The Prohibition Movement In The 1920's

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The Failure of Prohobition The prohibition movement lost political strength in the 1920s. The stock market crash of 1929 and the resulting Great Depression of the 1930s further changed the political climate. Critics of Prohibition argued that the rise of criminal production and sale of alcohol made the legal ban ineffective. In addition, the general public's patronage of speakeasies bred disrespect for law and government. Critics also argued that “legalizing the manufacture and sale of alcohol would stimulate the economy and provide desperately needed jobs”(Prohibition1). The American culture during the early 1900s was surrounded by the consumption and distribution of alcohol. A person who did not drink was viewed as a person with more…show more content…
Alcohol did not create a negative impact for those who did not abuse it, but of course there always has to be those few who mess it all up for the rest of the population. During the times where prohibition was not in place, husbands would cause menacing crimes to their families due to their overdosing. The rates of child abuse drastically increased during the times before prohibition, as drunken fathers would come home from the bar causing harm to their young. Such acts caused alcohol consumption to be viewed in a negative way by groups of people and religions. To some, alcohol was considered to be “devil's juice” and was forbidden in some homes. The act of prohibiting alcohol distribution, consumption, import, and export throughout the United States was put in place in the 1920s. The Social experiment of prohibition failed due to a rise in organized crime, massive corruption, and peoples willingness to break the law just to acquire something that
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