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The 1920's- Comparing Prohibition to Modern Day Drug Trafficking

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Transcript of The 1920's- Comparing Prohibition to Modern Day Drug Trafficking

Comparing Prohibition (1919-1933) to Modern Day Drug Trafficking
What do you know:
Ban of manufacturing, distribution and sale alcohol
18th Amendment
21st Amendment repealed 18th Amendment
Organized Crime
Al Capone
Modern Day Drug Trafficking
The Similarities & Differences Between Prohibition & Modern Day Drug Trafficking
Modern Day Drug Trafficking
Activator: Monday, December 8, 2014
Analyze the following political cartoon and explain what the political cartoon is suggesting the government should do with narcotics?

Narcotics = a drug or other substance affecting mood or behavior and sold for nonmedical purposes, especially an illegal one.


June 18, 1971
President Richard Nixon declares in press conference that drug abuse is "public enemy #1".
The Boggs Act (1952):
Set the policy of mandatory minimums.
courts are required to sentence first-time offenders with a minimum sentence depending on the drug.

Anti-Drug Abuse Act (1986),
Strengthened the mandatory minimum sentencing policies.
Gave $1.7 billion to fund the war on drugs
Shifted the federal supervised release program from a rehabilitative focus to a punitive one.
2009: the U.S. Sentencing Commission
79% of 5,669 sentenced crack offenders were black, 10% were Hispanic, and only 10% were white.
Possession of 500 grams of POWDER cocaine results in a 5-year prison term.
Possession of 5 grams of CRACK cocaine results in a 5-year prison term
Discussion Question:
Should the United States legalize the recreational use of marijuana? Why or why not?
def. A person who has deep respect for long-held cultural and religious values.

i.e. My father is a traditionalist because he believes that all boys should have short hair.
Citation: www.redmond.k12.or.us/.../lib/.../Traditionalism_v_modernism.ppt
Def. A person who embraces new ideas, styles, and social trends.
i.e. My grandmother is a modernist because she believes that there should not be a minimum voting age.
Questions: What view point does Zach Wahls hold a traditionalist or a modernist? How do we know this? Be sure to explain your answer.
Modernist or Traditionalist
Quick Write:
Take a couple minutes to write down your ideas about the following image:

1. What do you think is happening in the image?

2. Would this be an acceptable practice to implement today? Why or why not?
Analyzing a Chart:
What does this chart indicate about the population changes between rural and urban populations between the years of 1860-1920?
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