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In what ways did prohibition change US society in the 1920(TM)s?

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In what ways did prohibition change US society in the 1920's? Prohibition changed society in the US in the 1920's due to many reasons including organised crime which was set up to massively distribute illegal alcohol. Gangsters set up speakeasies which were illegal bars and bootleggers supplied the drink to them by smuggling drink in from the Canadian border and from the Bahamas. Gangsters could do this as the amount of money they were earning was enough to bribe the policemen into turning a blind eye, meaning it was too hard to find evidence of illegal alcohol. Before the start of prohibition gangs were present as ethnic groups and rarely caused any crime. Due to the economic boom cities rapidly grew. The big cities like New York and Detroit became centres of wealth which led attracted immigrants and drinking problems. There was a split in society before prohibition between wets and dry's and rural and urban people. Wasp's were the richest of the people known as white Anglo Saxon Protestants. Prohibition immediately started to change America due to the speakeasies rapidly growing. ...read more.

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Rival gangs fought each other to supply alcohol to speakeasies which included hijacking each others booze supplies and even murdering other gang members. Al Capone was so influential due to his methods he used like ordering the murder of anyone who refused to follow his commands. This led to him controlling the police force and the mayor. Capone was thought to be behind over 130 murders in the Chicago from 1926-1927 but was not convicted for one due to his methods of getting his gang members to do it for him. The main techniques used by capons gang was intimidating people and using bullying tactics like beating them up and killing them. This made the public dare speak out about him due to the risks of them being killed. Rival gangs in Chicago fought each other for the right to control the liquor trade. After prohibition more gang warfare was happening due to the huge amounts of money involved if a gang was to supply illegal liquor. Capone's gang was one of the most influential gang around earning most of Chicago's speakeasies, police men and even the mayor The St Valentines day massacre on the 14th of February led to seven of Moran's gang dead. ...read more.

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This led to gangs being more like a business looking to earn money from crime. Gangs were thought of people who broke the law by using guns and bribing people to make sure they didn't get caught. Anyone who stood in Capone's way either an honest policemen or a rival gang would be dealt with just like the St Valentines day massacre. In conclusion I feel that the main changes which prohibition brought to the US were due to the gangs which would do anything to earn money. For example before prohibition there were gangs but they didn't cause a big threat to crime but when prohibition was introduced it opened a door for crime including setting up business like speakeasies and bootleggers. Gangsters would carry guns to scare people and bribe people to get control, as well as shooting anyone who stood in their way like other gangs. The law was easier to avoid for gangs by simply using bribes and even paying a mayor to allow Capone to take control. All this influenced the image of gangsters making them become violent people out to make money by doing anything. If policemen and governments were able to prevent gangs ruling states then prohibition could have been a success. ...read more.

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