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How did prohibition affect american society in the 1920s' ?

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by Muhammad Ammar on 17 April 2013

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By Muhammad Ammar How did prohibition affect American society in the 1920s? The closure of all alcohol related businesses was also a reason for a major rise in unemployment. People were struggling to feed their own families and were forced to turn towards the trade of illegal alcohol. The main reason for this was that this process was seen as a quick way of making money. The government tried to combat the situation by setting up 'The Federal Prohibition Bureau', but this did not deter anybody in the slightest and organized criminals continued to be the main suppliers of alcohol. Also bribing the officials was extremely common which led to a great decline in moral values in America. Before the prohibition era a corrupt officer was considered a rarity but afterward an honest officer was considered to be rare. In January 1920 the American government banned the sale and supply of alcohol as they thought that it would curb violence and crime. This backfired greatly leading in excessive crime rates and a much greater increase in violence. This period of time became known as the prohibition era. This indirectly led to a rise in 'gangsterism' as now people who enjoyed drinking had become reliant on organized criminals such as speakeasies and many became tangled in bootlegging which was the transport of illegal alcohol into America. The fact that most people started to look towards organized criminals such as Al Capone as heroes did not help the situation. This was seen as a great business opportunity by these people and almost double the amount of illegal saloons and bars sprang up than before the prohibition era. A lot of police resources were taken up trying to control the alcohol trade and were often diverted from other crimes. The organized criminals became ruthless and a lot of gang wars started for control over the alcohol trade. These gangsters also started to sell alcohol at ridiculously inflated prices and created a whole black market specifically for alcohol. After thirteen long years the American Government realized that prohibition was pointless and had caused more damage rather than good. They abolished the prohibition laws in 1933. Organized crime had flourished in the 1920s and had not stopped there but had simply disappeared into other industries with its new found wealth. The criminal element had been taken out of American society but had left valuable lessons for its citizens. The End
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