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Prohibition. In this essay I will be looking into prohibition, peoples opinions on it and the effects it had on the United States of America. I will be analysing sources

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History Coursework Prohibition: In this essay I will be looking into prohibition, peoples opinions on it and the effects it had on the United States of America. I will be analysing sources from various periods in the past, stretching from 1910 all the way to 1973. I will be using my analysis of these sources to answer questions on them. Firstly I will be analysing sources 'A' and 'B'. I feel that both the sources agree with prohibition to an extent, as in source 'A' it states that there are many reasons why prohibition started, such as the 'Bad influence' of saloons. The writer feels that the influence of the saloons was bad, therefore agreeing with prohibition. Likewise in source 'B' 'The Women's Christians temperance' union was on what was described as a 'crusade' against one of the 'Great evils of the times-alcohol'. The use of the word 'crusade' shows that the writer thought that their cause was positively good. As their cause was against alcohol, the writer must have agreed with prohibition. Source 'A' was from an American history book, published in 1973. This shows that the source is quite reliable, as it was written after the time of prohibition; and the writer could have looked back on the incident knowing the final outcome. Unlike source 'B', which was written around about 1917, which was before the prohibition law had even been passed. ...read more.


There are several main reasons for this, one being that source 'E' was written two years before prohibition was abolished, so the writer had been around during prohibition. This would make the source very reliable as the writer would know everything that happened and the effects it had on the country and public. Also because the source was taken from a personal letter, it would have been the writer's genuine opinion. Instead of source 'F' which was a speech given at the beginning of prohibition. So would have been extremely one sided, and unaware of the effects it was going to have; like the major increase in crime, and the huge amount of gangsters that would come about. Prohibition also led to the corruption in the authorities, such as the police and the government, the mass of alcohol related smuggling, and the monstrous increase in the amount of deaths per year in America. Neither source 'G' or 'H' show that prohibition was successful. In both sources it is clear that more and more alcohol and alcohol related crimes were being recorded. This can be interpreted as good or bad, good because more alcohol and offenders were being captured, or bad because more alcohol and offences were being made. Emphasising this, it was not common knowledge that for every bottle getting seized, there were another 10 getting through. ...read more.


money for being the government, and then they were getting yet more money from gangsters and saloon owners bribing them to 'turn a blind eye' on their business. The sources that do not believe the failure of prohibition was inevitable are not very powerful and very watery with no evidence. In a way these sources work against prohibition, as looking back on the time of prohibition we can see just how fake it all was. Which emphasises our opinions on the authorities and how corrupt they were. Depending on whether we look at the sources from our own point of view, taking into account what we know in hindsight; or looking at the sources from a person's point of view at the time of prohibition, we can come to two answers. From a member of public's point of view of the time, I would say that several of the sources do not believe that prohibition was bound to fail. But knowing what I know now, I would say that the sources do support the views that prohibition was never going to work. The fact alone that the sources for prohibition are designed with data on it, whether it be true or false to influence the public into believing prohibition is good shows us it is not very reliable. In conclusion I feel that these sources show, perhaps without wanting to, that the failure of prohibition was inevitable. ?? ?? ?? ?? Written By Oliver Shallcrass ...read more.

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