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GCSE Coursework: Prohibition

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GCSE Coursework: Prohibition Terry Hathaway 1) Source A is useful for studying the spread of prohibition because it shows you that some states, such as New York and Indiana, had local prohibition in 1845 which is about 75 years before the 18th Amendment came into play, this suggests to me that these states were the states in which prohibition started from and then spread from. Source A also shows us how far prohibition had spread in 1915, which is also before the 18th Amendment, which implies that there was growing support for prohibition in those states at that time. However, you can not learn at which time between 1845 and 1915 the states, such as Kansas, became dry. Source A does not show which was the first state to become dry and where the movement started, which is important for studying the spread of prohibition. Source A also doesn't show the whole of America, it only shows the East Coast, if you were studying the spread of prohibition in America, you would need a map of the whole of America. Source A has an incomplete key, it leaves areas blank on the map and gives us no information about the blank areas, again if you were studying the spread of prohibition in the U.S.A. ...read more.

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again because of the way they are disposing of the bottles, it would be reasonable to assume it wasn't, and was either drawn from several pictures, which are likely to have been posed for or from a general knowledge of what happened during prohibition. Source D and Source E don't actually show anything about an actual raid, they are both after the events, so that would obviously restrict their use for people researching raids on speakeasies. I think that Source D, even though it was posed for, is more reliable because it was produced at the time, and although maybe biased, is not simplified to give a general feeling of what happened during prohibition. 4) We can learn from Source D that the Government wanted to show that it was enforcing prohibition well, when it wasn't. The person who took Source D would have to had to be arranged to be there, because of the rarity of these events and the lack of cameras in those days, it would have been extremely coincidental/unlikely if this happened by chance. Plus the officers in that were employed by the Government, from that it would be reasonable to assume that the Government wanted the photograph, and I know from my own knowledge that Prohibition wasn't being enforced. ...read more.

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didn't want them to drink, and the government saying it was illegal, but on the other they had people clearly drinking and getting away with it. Source B and C are useful because they show that the supporters of prohibition were opportunistic, they used current problems, such as the war and racial tension to convince people that they wanted prohibition, they used the equivalent of subliminal messaging. When the problems, such as the war went away, people began to realise that they didn't want prohibition. Source A is useful because it shows that there was support for prohibition long before the 18th Amendment, however it doesn't show if the majority supported it, or if they even got a chance to vote on it. New immigrants may have been slightly perturbed by the fact that in the so-called "land of the free," you weren't allowed to have a drink. Immigration also brings up another problem, and that is that most of the immigrants would have been poor and not stereotyping or anything, a lot of them drink, however none of the sources show this. Source D shows the image that the Government wanted, in reality I know it was a lot different. Source F shows this, it shows the lack of action taken after arrest and Source G, even though it may be dramatised shows the down right blatantness of the actions of the gangsters. ...read more.

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