Prohibition

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  • The sale of alcohol had been controversial in the United States and states had imposed taxes on the sale of liquor. Drinking was still one of America's pastimes, with the average American consuming 1.7 bottles of hard liquor a week in 1830.
  • Boy you've been working hard, want some hard liquor?
  • Sure pops! That sounds great!
  • Temperance movements began popping up, like the Women's Christian Temperance Union and the American Temperance Society and the prohibition was added to states' constitutions.
  • By 1917, an amendment for national prohibition made it through both houses of Congress and was enacted in January 1920
  • Yay no more Devil's drink!!!!
  • But America missed the Devil's drink and speakeasies began popping up across the nation. Speakeasies were stores that sold alcohol.
  • The Prohibition also gave rise to gangs that would bootleg alcohol and make millions off of it. The most famous gangster was Al Capone, who is believed to have caused the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago.
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