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How did Prohibition Change the U.S society In the 1920's?

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How did Prohibition Change the U.S society In the 1920's? Prohibition came into force in January 1920, the aim of it was to ban to manufacture or sale alcohol through out the United States. Because alcohol caused a lot of problems for the society. For some people, drunkenness led to increase the rate of crime, sexual immorality, poverty and deaths. Prohibition was intended in part to reduce crime, improve the economy and the quality of life, but instead, it helped to produce a huge crime wave. People did not stop drinking during Prohibition and they strongly opposed the law. In fact, more people started drinking. They began to drink hard liquor, which was more concentrated and easier to transport and thus less expensive. Therefore, they became drunk by drinking less. People thought that the stricter the Prohibition, the more they should drink and the more people should break the law. This kind of thought had spreaded through out America. ...read more.

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Judgement and behaviour were affected, people were lost part of their memory and especially self respect and self discipline, and that was what caused most troubles of the society. Drinking also made the livers and Kidneys overworked and lead to cirrhosis and dehydration, and irritated the guts causing indigestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and ulcers. The number of deaths from poisoned liquor rose from 1064 in1920 to 4154 in 1925. Some were attacked and found dead on the roads and some died of major health problems. This was the main concern to the society at the time. John Kramer, the first commissioner was given $2.2 million by the congress to make sure the Prohibition laws were obeyed. However with only 1,550 federal agents and over 18,700 miles huge, virtually uncontrollable coastline, it was very hard to prevent immense quantities of liquor from entering America. Prohibition also provided a wonderful opportunity to organise crime. The bootlegging business as it was known fell under the control of organised gangs, which managed to overpowered many of the authorities. ...read more.

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But no one was convicted for the murders. The St. Valentine's Day Massacre was only one of the examples of the 'gang wars'. People felt like they were dependent on gangsters to supply the alcohol they craved. Over 400 gang related murders a year in Chicago alone were recorded. The attitudes to the laws also changed due to Prohibition, and this made a great impact on the society. Many people caught drinking would not be convicted by the jury. Only 20 out of 6904 cases of breaking the Prohibition law in New York between 1921 and 1925 were ever convicted. Judges were sympathetic towards people, as they were probably guilty of committing it. The foreman of the Grand Jurors said, "... they will not convict men for crimes they themselves are committing." The prohibition agents became powerless to enforce a law many people were prepared to break. Prohibition had caused a number of problems to the society, especially changing the attitudes to laws. The U.S. became an unstable country due to Prohibition, though however, not everything was pessimistic during the 1920s, because bootlegging and speakeasies had actually brought wealth and the economic boom to the society. ...read more.

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