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The Great Gatsby and Alcohol in the 1920's
Transcript of The Great Gatsby and Alcohol in the 1920's
1920 I realized most of my criminal
clients were making a lot of money.
I memorized the Volstead Act to find loopholes and realized I could buy pharmacies and sell liquor under government licenses for "medical
purposes." The Big Opportunity: After I Got Rich: Making the Connection & Alcohol in the 20's My Name is George Remus I was born on November 14, 1874
in Germany. My family moved to
Chicago when I was 5 years old. When I
was 14 I began working at a pharmacy to support my family. I bought the pharmacy once I turned19. My career Bootlegging I later moved to Cincinnati-a region where Some of the reason's I made so much money
off bootlegging include... It was indirectly due to bored of the pharmacy business. second drugstore, but I soon became Within 5 years I bought a When I was 24 I became a lawyer. Your stomach hurts? Some booze will do the trick! The King of My Bootlegging Career: In less than 3 years I made over $40 million. I bought most of the whiskey manufacturers. over 80% bonded whiskey was sold. Relation
Gatsby Cody that Gatsby drank so little. Sometimes in the course of gay
parties women would rub Champagne into his hair; for himself he formed the habit of letting liquor alone. End Comparing Gatsby and George... Both got rich in a short period of time by bootlegging alcohol for "medical purposes"
Both threw grand parties and hired orchestras to play at the parties
Some believe Gatsby's character was based off George In the Novel... Alcohol was strongly present-it was drank at Gatsby's parties and even casually
Dan Cody was a drunk/abused alcohol like many in the 1920's Health & Disease During the 1920's After becoming known as the "king of bootlegging" I became known for throwing extravagant parties.
One of these parties was the one I threw for my wife Imogene on her birthday.
I hired a 15-piece orchestra to play at the party
In the end my wife tried to steal my money and run off with another man so I shot her
After I got out of prison for murdering her I retired from bootlegging and died of natural causes at the age of 77 People had no purpose during the 1920's and spent their time on frivolous parties and drinking
People drank to the point that alcohol became a public health issue
Alcohol-related diseases, like liver cirrhosis, became common as a cause of death
Prohibition encouraged organized crime like bootlegging