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Prohibition. Source A believes that it was "the influence of the Anti-saloon league" and source B believes that prohibition was "led by the league". Both sources are of the opinion that prohibition led to an increase in crime. This is shown in source A, "

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How Far Do These Two Accounts Agree About Prohibition? Both of the two sources agree about prohibition. Source A believes that it was "the influence of the Anti-saloon league" and source B believes that prohibition was "led by the league". Both sources are of the opinion that prohibition led to an increase in crime. This is shown in source A, "it created the greatest criminal boom in American history" and it is implied in source B "gangsters like Dutch Schulz and Al Capone had turned the avoidance of prohibition into big, violent business". Also, they both agree that most of the American public are craving for alcohol and want a constant supply of it. Source A tells us that prohibition goes "against the daily customs, habits and desires of so many Americans" and source B talks about Al Capone plans to "Supply a public demand". The two sources disagree on the causes that started prohibition. Source A gives the idea that the law was passed because of negative feelings towards German-Americans (they were important for brewing). And also the "most important" reason was to "make the world safe for democracy". Source B gives the impression that the law was passed in an attempt to overcome "one of the greatest evils of all time - alcoholism". ...read more.

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However, source F is also somewhat reliable because it gives facts that aren't clouded by opinions. Do these two sources prove that prohibition was successful? Source G looks like prohibition was successful because the increase in still and spirits seized can show the prohibition agents as getting better at their jobs. Also, it can give the feeling that the more alcohol seized, the less alcohol available for the public. This is because the amount of stills seized increased from 9, 746 in 1921 to 15, 794 in 1929, and the gallons of spirits seized increased from 414, 000 in 1921 to 11, 860, 000 in 1929. Source H shows a general increase in the amount of arrests for drinking-related offences. In particular the amount of drunk increased from 14, 313 in 1920 to 51, 361 just five years later. This can give the impression that prohibition was unsuccessful because once again it could show that prohibition officers are getting better at their jobs. However, this is unlikely. It would be more reasonable to assume that the increase shows a obvious disrespect for the prohibition law. It also shows that during prohibition - more people are drinking more than they were before. ...read more.

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The government lost a huge source of tax income - and if the government loses money, it is likely that the source of money loss is going to be terminated. Prohibition had a chance of success for several reasons. Saloons were referred to people as rundown, dark, gloomy hangouts for absent fathers and husbands. This is proved in source A where saloons were a "bad influence" and also in the cartoon in source D where a mother and a child look at the saloon where their absent father is. Another reason it may have succeeded was the "war time concern for preserving grain for good"; if all Americans had felt this was important then maybe prohibition would have lasted longer. Source C also gives the impression that prohibition would succeed as saloons are too expensive for most to keep going to "the poor man's club - the most expensive in the world to belong to." In conclusion, I feel that although it was more likely that prohibition would fail; there was always a chance of success. The widespread support in the early 1920's proved successful until the even more widespread crime took over and supplied alcohol to America. I feel the inevitability of failure compared with success is 4-1; 80% chance of failure. This is because the laws will never work without the support of the majority of the people affected by them. ...read more.

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