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Modern World History Coursework 1) The gangster in the picture is not distilling the alcohol or purifying it. I know this because there are no tools around which do that and he doesn't seem to care much about the general hygiene if the alcohol. The barrels are out in the open so bacteria and dirt can easily get in. The alcohol would contain impurities, which can kill or blind people. 2) Source B tells us that in 1920, 14,000 people were arrested for drunk and disorderly. And in 1925 55,000 people were arrested. This means that during the prohibition, the number of drunks arrested went up dramatically. This tells the historian that the prohibition actually made people behave worse and drink more and cause more trouble. Maybe a psychologist could explain why? But the source does not tell us this. And in 1920 the number of drunk drivers was 0 people, but in 1925, the figure was 820. It also tells us that the number of habitual drunkards went up from 33 - 814. ...read more.

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The policeman says that if you enforced the law they'd send you where there was nothing but weeds. This tells us that someone high up wanted people to drink as he probably did himself. The policeman says that he was assigned to 12th street, in Chicago. He continues to say that he was just going up and down and backed into a doorway to see what was going on. He reports that a fella dashed up to him and said 'Here take this'. The man handed him the envelope. The policeman says that there was $75 in the envelope. This was obviously a bribe. This tells us that the police around there accepted bribes and there was corruption on the force. It also tells us that some policemen wanted to drink and never wanted the prohibition in the first place. I feel that source E tells us more about the prohibition because tells us that people high up on the force wasn't bothered about people drinking. It seems they were more bothered about policemen who were actually enforcing the law and stopping the people drinking. ...read more.

Conclusion

As you can see in source A. People like Al Copoene got rich of the prohibition. They guarded their shipments with men armed with machine guns and shotguns. This sometimes led to bloody battles between gangsters and cops. This is all violence and supports the fact that the prohibition is bad in practice. Gangsters also threatened the Chiefs of Police or bribed them to stay out of their business. This led to a lot of corruption. Source B tells us that the number of Drunks arrested went up from 14000 to 50000 people. This obviously states that people still drank even if it was prohibited. Source D shows us how advertisements helped people to make alcoholic drinks, cementing the fact that prohibition is bad in practice. Source E shows us how corrupted the police force was. It tells us how the police were often bribed to stop reporting them. Source F tells us how a speedboat ride from Canada can get alcohol to America in 3 minutes. This shows how easy it is to smuggle liquor into the country. This is all evidence that supports the quote 'The prohibition is a good idea in theory, but a bad one in practice. ...read more.

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