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The Great Gatsby and The 18th Amendment
Transcript of The Great Gatsby and The 18th Amendment
is Ratified On January 16, 1919 the 18th Amendment was certified and on January 17th, 1920 the amendment took affect. The 18th amendment was the first time an amendment had a time limit to take affect and the first to set a time limit for it to be ratified. The 18th Amendment established the first prohibition on alcoholic beverages in the United States of America. What is the 18th
Amendment? This resulted in the criminalization of many producers, suppliers, transporters, and consumers. The amendment was repealed in 1933 by the ratification of the Twenty-first amendment, and was the only amendment in U.S. Constitutional history to be repealed. Relevance to the Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby took place in the 1920s when the Prohibition(18th Amendment) was in action. In the novel it was revealed that Gatsby made his money by being a "Bootlegger" which means he sold alcohol while it was illegal! The Prohibition was highly supported in the beginning and dropped alcohol usage by over 50% in early 1920. The lack of effective enforcement resulted in the rise of criminal activity involving alcohol. The 18th amendment was a major
event in the history of America and
provoked many stories, movies, and
novels such as The Great Gatsby.