Prohibition Of The 1920  

Prohibition of the 1920 was a period when there was legal ban on manufacturing, selling and transporting alcoholic beverages in the US. It was the 18th Amendment led to prohibition across the country, and it is often known as the Nobel Experiment. The ban on alcoholic beverages across the country lasted for a period of 13 years, from 1920 until 1933.

The Women's Christian Temperance Union had a major role to play in nationalizing prohibition of the 1920 in the country. The Union wanted liquor to be banned so that it could reduce domestic violence and child abuse, and also save the society from rising crime rate. Since the American Revolution, there was a rise in alcoholism in the country and many people were for prohibition. Initially, the Temperance Movement advocated moderacy in alcohol consumption, but over the years the tone changed to complete ban on alcohol. Hence, the necessity to pass a complete ban on manufacture, sale as well as transportation of alcohol was the need of the hour.

Unfortunately, prohibition of the 1920 failed to bring about the changes that the people had envisaged. While the prohibition did bring down the rate of alcohol consumption, it also led to increase in people succumbing to illicit liquor. In addition, organized crime became rampant and bootleggers were having a merry time. This was primarily because the government did not have the necessary manpower to enforce prohibition. Hence, smuggling and illegal transportation and manufacture of alcohol became widespread. The prohibition could put a stop to purchase of illicit liquor for personal consumption and hence, many people continued to drink.

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Significance Of Prohibition      The significance of prohibition is even spoken about in modern times. Many believe that several of the social ills occurred due to prohibition. Organized crime gained a foothold and spread its tentacles across the country. Prior to prohibition, organized crime used to concentrate just on theft, gambling and prostitution. However, once nationwide ban on manufacture, sale and transportation of alcoholic beverages came into effect, organized crime saw this as a profitable way to make fast and easy money. More..




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