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Prohibition Source based Coursework.

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Prohibition Coursework a) Study Sources A and B How far do these two accounts agree about prohibition? In both sources they feel very strongly about the banning of alcohol. In source A it talks about how in 1917 twenty-three states had already introduced a ban on alcohol. Both sources mention how an Anti Saloon League was set up in 1917 to stop the saloons producing alcohol and selling it to people. When prohibition law enforcement came into effect in 1920 a lot of crime, and also the making, buying and selling of alcohol increased. Both sources talks about the fact that people started to use the grain in food for the alcohol that was brewed. Source B talks about the US parliament putting a ban the use of grain for distilling or brewing of alcohol. The two sources felt very strongly about the fact that the grain was being used for alcohol. In source B it talks about the Women's Christian Temperance Union, which joined in the crusade to put a stop to the illegal crime of buying and selling alcohol. As you can see both sources talk about all the ways in which the enforcement of prohibition came together. b) Study Sources C and D Were the artists of these two posters for or against prohibition? The artists were very much in favour of prohibition. ...read more.

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He thought that he could stop the abuse of alcohol in every state by a certain time but this was a very unlikely and impossible task to achieve. All in all source F is a very reliable source which gives us evidence that alcohol sale and manufacturing was a crime and it would most definitely be banned and enforced. I think both sources are reliable but sources E is more reliable then source F because it was written after prohibition came about. You can tell that John D. Rockefeller was very biased towards prohibition and is only backing one side of the argument, which implied that he put all the thing wrong with alcohol in that letter and started to build on thoughs points. d) Study Sources G and H Do these two sources prove that prohibition was successful? In sources G it shows that prohibition was very unsuccessful between 1921 and 1929. In source G alcohol that was seized was at a low of 9,746, but by 1929 it had increased by 1/3 to 15,794 which was 60% higher from when they started. In 1921 gallons of seized was at 414,000 this too increased by 1929 to 11,860,000. These facts showed that prohibition wasn't successful in the 1920s. The evidence shown in source G is very reliable because the figures produced in the table show more alcohol and spirits were being transported to certain areas in America that's why the amount of alcohol seized went up. ...read more.

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Even though sources A and B are giving use these facts, sources G and H are telling use that the alcohol seized and the number of drunk people arrested were rising. This shows people and gangsters didn't care about laws passed, it also shows signs of the failure of prohibition. Sources C and D are cartoons that are basically telling use how alcohol will effect your life badly. These cartoons are very much for prohibition, and are trying to say prohibition will not fail if they make people aware of the effects and consciences. The approach of the sources C and D are very much different to the one in source I. Source I is opposite to sources C and D because sources I is talking about how prohibition was failing. Most people were taking bribes this included judges and policemen. This source is one of the most inevitable reasons for prohibition failing. Source J is further evidence of the failure of prohibition that is about a policeman talking about a bribe he took for allowing a saloon to sell liquor. Sources G and H support the failure of prohibition because its published information on how alcohol seized went up between 1921 to 1929. Sources E is for prohibition but it contains many biased views towards alcohol and source F is also for the banning of alcohol. ...read more.

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