• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Do these two sources prove that Prohibition was successful?

Extracts from this document...


History Coursework - (d) Koral Jackson 10R Study Sources G and H. Do these two sources prove that Prohibition was successful? Sources G and H are both tables of statistics from the 1920's. There are two different ways of interpreting Source G, and it all depends on assumption. Source G shows that over the period of 1921 to 1929 the number of illegal stills seized and gallons of spirits seized increased considerably. Therefore, this could mean that the police were improving their efficiency and catching more criminals. This would seem to prove that Prohibition was successful - but only if we are assuming that the number of illegal stills and gallons of spirit were either staying relatively the same or decreasing. However, the major problem with these statistics is that the number of illegal stills and gallons of spirit that there were altogether is unknown. In other words, it is possible that the number of criminals were rapidly increasing over the years, and in fact the police were not catching anywhere near as many of them as they should have been to be successful. ...read more.


Ignoring this exception, and assuming that the number of drunks at any one time was staying approximately the same, Source H is proving that the police were doing a successful job in enforcing Prohibition. We can see this because over time the police were arresting more and more drunks. However, if we were to assume that the number of drunks were increasing over time, then it is impossible to say how well the police were doing, because we do not know how many people were drunk every year in comparison to how many people were getting caught. Therefore, the success rate is impossible to judge. Focussing on the exceptional figure previously mentioned, it could be argued that the drunks were learning their lesson and therefore there were less drunks to be caught altogether, in which case Prohibition had been a success in that area. But it could also be argued that the police were slacking, and they were simply not taking as much notice of the drunks as they had done before. ...read more.


I have been assuming that they are not, meaning the figures show totally new amounts for each year, but if they are cumulative, then that could entirely change the extent of the success of Prohibition. A final consideration to make for these sources is that they were produced by the police. The purpose of these statistics was therefore very likely to be to prove to the public what a good job the police were doing in enforcing Prohibition. This would suggest that, although statistics are one of the most reliable sources of evidence, in this case it is possible that they were altered for impressionable reasons (i.e. they wanted to make the public believe that the enforcement of Prohibition was succeeding whether it was or not). In conclusion, Sources G and H cannot be "proving" the success of Prohibition. There are different arguments for both sources and we simply cannot judge the rate or extent of success without knowing the total amounts, or knowing for certain that the police didn't alter any of the figures. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE USA 1919-1941 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE USA 1919-1941 essays

  1. Prohibition. Sources A and B are from the same time period, the 1970s. This ...

    Again the source is primary. The source immediately starts with "The law will be obeyed in cities, large and small, and in villages. Where it is not obeyed it will be enforced" It is almost as if he is threatening America.

  2. Free essay

    Do these two sources prove that Prohibition was successful?

    Just like source G, source H was also published by law enforces who are trying to show they were enforcing Prohibition. We can also say that these statistics are corrupt. The reliable evidence we can see is that the amount of people being arrested is going up.

  1. To what extent can it be argued that the issuing of the Emancipation proclamation ...

    although not freeing all the slaves, it brought joy to America and its followers of the emancipation proclamation. However the fact that Lincoln freed these slaves in the rebellion states as he knew the south relied very much on there slaves for there income to survive, therefore this would weaken them dramatically.

  2. History Coursework: Prohibition

    was being illegally imported into the United States, in which case prohibition was not succeeding. However, we could question the reliability of the source. The table was produced by the federal government agents enforcing prohibition, but by looking at the cartoon in source I it tells us that during the

  1. Study sources G and H - Do these sources prove that Prohibition was successful?

    In Source H, these statistics could have just been typical for one police force and not others, as Philadelphia could have been a city where Prohibition was just simply not working. Therefore, this statistic could have been reflection one part of Prohibition, not all.

  2. Study Sources G and H - Do these prove that Prohibition was successful?

    This is a staggering increase and the expect outcome from this massive amount of alcohol that was taken possession by the agents would be that the numbers would fall because of the threat that the agents were getting better at their jobs and that the majority of the alcohol was already taken but this was obviously not the consequence.

  1. Prohibition Sources Coursework.

    Source B mentions nothing about this. I think source A is implying that the 23 states that were already banning alcohol so the government knew it would get support if it backed the policy. Some of the causes of prohibiting alcohol according to source A are, bad influence of saloons,

  2. Roosevelt Sources Questions

    These sources show the different sides of Roosevelt, how he can condemn the government and then turn around and do exactly the same thing without hesitation as he put. 2. ii) These two sources are different because the speeches they have been taken from were given at different times in the running for U.S president.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work