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Transcript of 18th Amendment
3 Ways Bootleggers got Alcohol
Sickness and Death from Poisoned Alcohol
Because of the poisoning an estimated 10,000 people died.
Prohibitions became the kkk's leading issue; strongly supported it and its strict enforcement
Tore apart saloons, attacked, tarred and feathered bootleggers
KKK led prohibitionist to believe that people that drank should be :
hung by tongues and flown by an airplane
put into cages on public squares
The Call for Reform
Ratification-January 16th 1919
Took Affect-January 17th 1920
The 18th amendment banned the manufacturing, sale, or transportation of alcoholic beverages but it did not illegalize the consumption of alcohol.
The prohibition finally ended on December 5th 1933.
Government lost $11 billion in tax revenue
$300 million was lost just due to to enforcement
Most businesses sale's declined and some were completely shut down (especially restaurants)
Thousands of jobs were lost
Left behind corrupted law enforcement
Frequently hidden stills used to make liquor became tainted with metals and other impurities.
The government also tried a new type of enforcement which included poisoning all industrial alcohol that could be stolen by bootleggers
made it themselves with hidden stills
transported it in from Mexico, Canada, Cuba, or the Bahamas
stole U.S. industrial alcohols
Church groups, elite businesses, feminist, and politial reformers wanted to make the U.S. "dry"
By the late 1800s prohibition movements sprung up across the U.S.
Belief that alcohol deteriorated Americans health which caused a decrease in productivity and criminal rates to rise was widespread
Others also believed if alcoholic substances were banned then industries especially entertainment would skyrocket
Definition: the illegal sale or supply of goods that are subject to government prohibition or taxation
Al Capone & "Lucky" Luciano
Crime Rates Rising
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Made $60,000,000 annually
Made $1,200,000 annually
Organized crime swept through the nation
Secret saloons and distilleries were set up across America
Enforcers and Police were bribed to look the other way
Mafias and Mobsters grew in power