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What can you learn from source A about why the anti-saloon leagues opposed the sale of alcohol? From the source there is a man holding a bag with his weekly wages and offering it to the bar man, so is suggested that he is spending it on alcohol. From this we can see that they believed that men spent all their weekly wages on drink, and the moneybag is substantially large to presume that there was some left over for his family. With this and the picture of the mother despairing over the situation and the child demanding for food, this shows that they believe none is left over or he is not keeping any back for important things and without alcohol this could be prevented. The barkeeper till is shown as always open and suggests he is always making money and profit. This is revealing a point very similar to that of the despairing mother and child, with profit always being many is ...read more.


From the use of the term slaves it does not give the impression that the anti-saloon league see the men as punters but as slaves. This suggests from the meaning of the word 'slave' that the men are owned and are working for the bar keeper, a person dependant on or controlled by something; a mechanism directly controlled by another. With this it gives us the sense that these men can not see how much control these saloons have upon these men, and this is why the league opposes this system of 'slavery' and 'greed.' It also provides us with a comparison to make sure the readers know what they mean when they say alcohol is to be banned: 'The liquor traffic, like the slave trade or piracy. Cannot be mended, and therefore must be actually ended.' It helps us realize that it is no good mending the system as it will not help and therefore should be banned altogether. ...read more.


They also saw as it as an imposed trait in America as 'many German immigrants in the USA worked in the brewing industry,' from this people felt Americas pride and uniqueness was al a scam. Obviously it was not helping the American industry as they believed it could lead to absenteeism and reduced production in factories, industry therefore supported prohibition as they thought it would make them more money. From the sources I can also see that they wanted prohibition because the 'nations workers- which is to say their employees- would be more productive if beer and liquor could be withheld from hem. With this hey mean hat many employees would turn up to work hung over and they believed with prohibition this would not happen and many workers would work better if they did not come into work hung over or even drunk. ...read more.

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