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Coursework for History Syllabus B CSU 3: The USA, 1918-41 Coursework Assignment: Prohibition Question 1 Source A is useful because it shows the spread of prohibition across America from west to east. It shows that states in the west had already prohibited the sale of alcohol by 1845. Some other states in the east like New York already had local prohibition laws in place by 1845. The majority of states in the east and Central America were entirely dry by 1915. This source is limited because it shows the whole state, in a state areas might not be dry. This could also be useful because a historian compiled it in 1968 and so he was able to look back over all of the evidence from both government sources and from illegal bootleggers and compile an accurate map. Question 2 The sources could disagree because one was written in 1972 and the other was written in 1981 which means that there was a gap of 9 years between them and so the writer of the first source could have had access to different information. ...read more.


On the other hand the source is limited in its usefulness because it could be a staged photo and so the evidence from it cannot necessarily be trusted. The second source is useful because it shows just how corrupt the legal system was. Corrupt because some many people could be arrested and only 5 ever held for trial. It is also useful because it is written with the benefit of time and so the historian is able to look back over records to get very accurate figures. Question 5 Just because this source gives us precise evidence as to the arrests and convictions under prohibition it does not mean that the evidence is reliable because the sources that the data could have been collected from might have been made up by and anti prohibition group trying to show that prohibition could not be enforced and so why should it be a law. The figures might not be accurate also because the author could have made the up to make prove a point in his book. ...read more.


It is limited though because it could be staged and so it is not an accurate piece of evidence. The fifth source I a good source to show a more modern view of what happened when a speakeasy was raided. It is limited though because it is a cartoon and so lacks the detail that a picture or a descriptive passage has. The sixth source is a good source to show how corrupt the police force was in New York under prohibition. It shows that illegal alcohol transportation and selling was a big thing because so many people were arrested between 1926 and 1927.It is limited because a historian wrote it in 1985 for a book so the facts could have been doctored so that they proved the authors point. The seventh source is useful because it gives us a view of what actually happens and the publicity surrounding alcohol and it gives good eyewitness accounts of what was happening. It is limited because the eyewitnesses might have forgotten things over time or they might have had their views changed by the media. ...read more.

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