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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? I am going to structure my answer by first saying how each source proves that the failure of prohibition was inevitable, and then I am going to say how each source shows that the failure of prohibition was not inevitable. Source A says how some states in America had tried prohibition before, they tried prohibition in 1917 and it was not successful, this shows how that if it had not succeeded in a few states, then the chance of it succeeding nationwide was slim. It did not work because as the source says, 'for no earlier law had gone against the daily customs, habits and desires of so many Americans', this is saying how the law was going against what people did on a daily basis, and the law was stopping them doing this, and they thought that this was unacceptable and so they carried no drinking even though it was illegal. ...read more.

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Source F does not have a reason as to why prohibition might fail, as it is all a reason why it would not fail. Sources G and H both do not show that the failure was inevitable as they are only figures from the time of prohibition so therefore cannot be a prediction of prohibition failing, the only thing that these prove is that alcohol had an increase in sales and production when the law was made so therefore more people were drinking so prohibition was failing. Source I shows that prohibition would fail as it shows many of the highest ranked citizens such as; prohibition agents, police officers, politicians, magistrates, party officials and clerks, could be bribed into ignoring people breaking the law, then how could the ordinary people be expected to take the laws seriously Source J shows that the failure of prohibition was inevitable as it was too difficult for an ordinary policeman to not get corrupted so therefore people could get away with drinking easily as the people who were supposed to be upholding the law were turning a blind eye to it. ...read more.

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Sources G and H show that prohibition might not have failed as more people were being arrested for drinking and so the police were working harder at enforcing the law. Although this information can also show that more alcohol was being made and therefore the law was not working. Source I does not show that prohibition could have been a success, but from my own knowledge I know that many officials were keen on enforcing prohibition at the very start in 1919. Source J shows that prohibition could have been successful as the policeman does say that he tried to enforce the law, he just found it very hard as there were so many bribes around. In conclusion I feel that although some of the sources show that prohibition could have succeeded the majority of the evidence I collected shows that prohibition was an inevitable failure. This is because everyone was still drinking even when the law was in action. Also nobody believed that it could work and therefore didn't waste their time trying to make it work. David Baines ...read more.

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