Why Is Prohibition Important In The 1920s

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Prohibition The “Roaring Twenties” were a time of advancement, leisure, and bold new changes, including prohibition. The fourteen-year supposed alcohol-free period brought many new changes to the US that left lasting impacts for generations to come. The road ahead for 1920s American was not at all a pretty one. While temperance movements had been going on since the beginning of the twentieth century, official prohibition was set in stone with the 18th Amendment in 1919 (Rosenberg). Enforcement of prohibition was carried out by the Volstead Act in October of 1919, stating any beverages with more than one-half percent alcohol were illegal, any alcohol-production devices were illegal, and set consequences of violation (Rosenberg). The combination of both legalities led to…show more content…
By far, Al Capone, a Chicago gangster, racked in the most profit, an estimated $60 million per year from speakeasies and bootlegging operations (Prohibition). Capone and other gangsters hired smugglers to acquire liquor from other nations, like whiskey from Canada or rum from Caribbean nations (Rosenberg). Gang violence also rose as a result, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre being a prime example where men supposedly associated with Capone dressed as police and murdered enemy gang members in 1929 (Prohibition). It became evident that, after all, prohibition had not been the best idea. As soon as immediately after ratification, anti-prohibition movements began. Prohibition efforts were waning and the consequences were not worth the trouble (Rosenberg). Especially with the Stock Market Crash in 1929, the need for jobs and more revenue made the idea of repeal even more satisfying (Prohibition). Finally, on December 5, 1933, the 18th Amendment was repealed by the 21st Amendment, making alcohol legal yet again, and landing its place in history as the first and only Amendment repeal in US history

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