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Do these sources support the view that the failure of Prohibition was inevitable?

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Question F Do these sources support the view that the failure of Prohibition was inevitable? In the 1910's, a lot more pressure was put on the American Government to ban alcohol. Posters and protesting marches were very common throughout the 1910's. Finally in 1920, the prohibition law was passed this meant the making, selling and transporting of alcohol was banned. I think Prohibition was bound to fail as so many people disliked as it went on, and from then on you knew that it was going to fail due to the lack of public support. Prohibition actually caused a lot more crime, which has been highlighted in the other sources (A, B, E etc) and made drinking matters worse throughout the 1920's. I have studied 10 sources on prohibition and most of them suggest that prohibition be bound to fail than succeed. Such as in the 2nd Paragraph on Source A, which says that no other law had produced so much crime and had gone against the 'desires of so many Americans'. ...read more.

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Source H shows the number of arrests from the effects of alcohol; this figure has also increased over the years in Philadelphia, from the time period of 1920-1925. This means that it was most probably the same in other cites. This fact here is again backed up with Sources A, B and E. Sources I and J again show the downfall of prohibition. As Source I suggests that a lot of important men who were involved with prohibition took bribes i.e. Politician, Police Officer, Prohibition Agent. Source I show a line of important men offering there hands out for a bribe. The picture in Source I supports what the policeman says in Source J. As he says that where he patrolled, there was a saloon and the keeper of this saloon would give a bottle of beer to him, anytime he walked in there. This was to make sure he turned a 'blind eye'. He was also paid $75 to keep his mouth shut about this saloon. ...read more.

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But some of these sources would have been biased especially Source F as it was written by a Prohibition Commissioner and so would of not suggested that Prohibition could of would of failed. Sources G and H did not tell us the whole facts either, so this meant the statistics of other cities and of other beverages might of worse or better. I conclude that Prohibition was bound to fail after it caused so many problems throughout the USA. That it actually made matters worse rather than better which it was supposed to do. Even the best citizens began to break the law, which shows how much of a failure prohibition actually was. People did not take this law serious enough and this led to Gangsters taking over cities. It also caused a huge amount of corruption and crime throughout the US society at this time. Prohibition lost its support rapidly after becoming a law, it then lost it's respect from other people and after this it was totally finished. ...read more.

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