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Both sources G and H are charts showing statistics about how successful the police were in enforcing prohibition. Source G shows statistics on how many illegal stills were seized

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History Coursework- David Whalley D. Study Sources G and H Do these two sources prove that prohibition was successful? I do not think that sources G and H can prove that prohibition was successful. Both sources G and H are charts showing statistics about how successful the police were in enforcing prohibition. Source G shows statistics on how many illegal stills were seized and how many gallons of spirits were seized from the year 1921 to 1929. ...read more.

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So source G does not really prove anything because it has two possible meanings and it does not comment on if poverty was reduced or how many gangsters were arrested either, two more things that prohibition was meant to do. Source H is a chart of figures published by the Philadelphia Police Department showing the number of arrests for drink related offences from 1920 to 1925. The number of arrested drunks rises severely over the years from 14,313 to 51,361 people; however, this again does not prove anything because it does not state how many drunks there ...read more.

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It is possible that this number falls because less people are drinking openly because of prohibition; the reason why there are more drunk drivers is probably because people are driving home rather than walking to avoid being spotted so easily. So overall these sources are not as useful as they may seem. They have strong limits as they only show half the data required to judge the success of prohibition in most cases. The sources could be more useful in proving that prohibition was a success if more information was shown, for example the whole number of drunk drivers there were instead of just those who were arrested. ...read more.

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