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WAS PROHIBITION BOUND TO FAIL?

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GCSE 1637 MODERN WORLD HISTORY COURSEWORK: 'WAS PROHIBITION BOUND TO FAIL?' NAME: George Morrissey TOTAL MARK: /50 = /25 [A] Study Sources A and B. How far do these two accounts agree about Prohibition? In source A it mentions of the bad influence of saloons and other reasons why prohibition was enforced. Also in the wording it shows that alcohol was bad for example "bad influence of saloons" but the source goes into more detail about the criminal side of prohibition describing the criminality of Americans when this law was in place for example "No earlier law produced such widespread crime" In Source B this passage goes straight in by describing alcohol as a "great evil." Also the wording like "victory" saying it as a triumph of banning the brewing of alcohol. Source B says things against prohibition as well but doesn't go into as much detail about it as source A does. So from my point of view I do not believe source A goes far at all with agreeing with prohibition because it describes the criminal side more than the other side. Whereas I believe source B backs up and agrees with prohibition because of the description and wording of the passage. [B] Study Sources C and D. ...read more.

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the chart but if you compared it to the amount of alcohol that was successfully smuggled I think that the number of captured alcohol would be very low. And in source H I think it shows prohibition in a bad way because in the chart all the numbers gradually increase and I believe if prohibition was successful the numbers would be declining because of less drink getting into the illegal bars so therefore there were less people getting drunk. [E] Study Sources I and J. How far does Source I prove that the policeman in Source J is telling the truth? Source J is an account of a policeman during the prohibition; he speaks from Chicago where Al Capone was infamous for his smuggling of alcohol. The policeman says that he was new to Chicago and the first thing that happened was a man came up to him and offered a bribe. Source I can back this up because it shows many different types of officials holding there hands behind there backs waiting for bribes from the criminals. But also from this, in source J the policeman is only patrolling the streets and not expecting any bribes and is surprised when he is offered one by a man. But in Source I the officials are all corrupt waiting there expecting a bribe with there hands out. ...read more.

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successful the numbers should have decreased in number because the officials were being successful with catching bootleggers but instead the numbers have increased which shows failures for prohibition. Source I is a cartoon source and it shows all the officials holding there hands out expecting bribes, this shows prohibition was inevitably a failure because without all the officials support on prohibition it was never going to work and if these officials are all taking bribes they don't have full support on prohibition. Reading source J is an account of a policeman talking about when he was walking through Chicago and he was offered a bribe from someone. This shows prohibition could be nothing but a failure because it sounded from that extract that bribing a police officer seemed quite easy and it seemed that there was no bad consequence for bribing the officer because he accepted it so if it was that easy to bribe an officer there must have been a lot of people doing it. From studying all these sources I believe that it was inevitable that prohibition was going to fail because the only three sources that aren't against prohibition are ones that don't explain about what is bad with alcohol it just shows it in a bad way whereas all the other sources show reasons of why prohibition could and will fail. ...read more.

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