Prohibition

Prohibition
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  • A period in American History during the 20's known as Prohibition was the banning of the manufacture, sale, and transportation of intoxicating liquors--which led to the 18th Amendment. 
  • I love to drink
  • The origins of prohibition started in the 1820's with the temperance movement. Women played a strong role in the temperance movement, since it was seen as destructive in marriages and homes. 
  • After the U.S. entered WW1, Woodrow Wilson instituted a temporary wartime prohibition. The same year, congress submitted the 18th Amendment. In October 1919, Congress passed the National Prohibition Act
  • The government struggled to enforce prohibition during the 1920's. Despite a 30% drop in alcohol consumption, the people who wanted to keep drinking found more illegal ways to do it. The illegal manufacturing and selling of alcohol went on through the 20's. This era encouraged the rise of bootlegging.  
  • A "side effect" of prohibition is the alcohol poisoning. Since the alcohol was bootleg and not produced in distilleries and under government supervision, it was very dangerous. There was only 8/100 chance to get the "real stuff". The deaths from alcohol poisoning increased dramatically.
  • With the Great Depression, a need for jobs in the liqour business was high. Franklin D. Roosevelt ran for president on a platform for the repeal of the 18th amendment. With his victory, Prohibition came to an end. Congress adopted a resolution proposing to repeal the 18th amendment. 
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