• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Prohibition - What can you learn from Source A about why the Anti-Saloon League opposed the sale of alcohol?

Extracts from this document...


History coursework; PROHIBITION 1. What can you learn from Source A about why the Anti-Saloon League opposed the sale of alcohol? The Anti-Saloon League opposed the sale of alcohol because they believed that drinking makes you poor. They campaigned saying "It keeps its members and their families always poor." They see the men that drink in saloons wasting their wages by spending it on alcohol. "Something which ruins their own lives." This is clearly displayed in the poster by the customer paying for his drink with a bag of his weeks wages." From the source one can see that the Anti-Saloon League opposed the sale of alcohol because they believed that men were wasting all their money on alcohol and therefore not having enough to feed their families or to buy household necessities. Saloons were named by the Anti-Saloon League as the "Poor Man's Club." This is obviously shown in the poster by using big bold letters that have a dramatic impact among readers. Richmond P Hobson say drinkers as, "Slaves of the Saloon," this is also displayed through the source. 160 2. What reasons for prohibition, apart form those given in Source A, are given in Sources B and C? Source B gives an objective view, from a school textbook it informs us that there were other anti-drink societies for example the "Women's Christian Temperance Union" who also campaigned against alcohol, they say alcohol as "ungodly." ...read more.


This demonstrates that the Government's actions to control prohibition was clearly inadequate, this is also portrayed in the cartoon by the prominent, helpless, defenceless figure known as Uncle Sam who represented America. Source G also supports the messages in sources E and F. The table adds to the evidence that clearly displays America not handling prohibition effectively. Between 1920 and 1925 arrests for drunkenness rose at a steady rate, drunkenness and disorderly conduct arrests fluctuation, arrests for Habitual/regular drunkards rose (dramatically between 1923-4) and then fell in 1925 and arrests made for drunken driving increased from 1922 onwards. The total prosecutions for drink related offences increased in 1920 to 1925, this main data is extremely important, from it we can obviously see that Americas efforts to control prohibition were useless as the arrests for drinking offences rose. This is also portrayed through Uncle Sam in source E, there is nothing he could do, he was effectively powerless. 299 4. Explain why the way of life described in Source D did not come about. The way of life is described in Source D as being crimeless, alcohol free, hopeful, there would be more respect for the law and full off better workers. Christmas is described as "an occasion of joy and cheer in the home." This is clearly an article ridden with assumption, hope and reassurance. ...read more.


This shows us that the public that went to the illegal speakeasies had a total disregard for the law. It made Alec Wilder feel special and he had become accustomed to being dishonest and breaking the law. Source J is also useful as the book, "Only Yesterday" was written in 1931, however it could be bias as it is written by a American journalist that may include his personal opinions. It states that the profits from beer and illicit distilling rolled in. This proves that the public were still consuming alcohol illegally, and therefore completely ignoring the ban of alcohol. The source also educates us that Al Capone was a very influential man. He acquired more finesse particularly skill in the management of politics and politicians as his profits increased. The extent of his popularity is displayed by the fact that he had gained complete control of Cicero and had installed his own mayor in office. His popularity is also portrayed through the front cover of the magazine "Time" (Source L.) "Time" is a leading American weekly magazine and the fact that he is on the front cover tells us a lot about public attitudes towards Prohibition. In a way appearing on the front cover, is his personal advertising campaign, it proves that he was a respected man amoung the American public. Information from source J proves that he is an extremely influential man and source L also backs this up. Miranda Lewis Prohibition Coursework Nov. 2001 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE USA 1919-1941 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE USA 1919-1941 essays

  1. Prohibition - source related study.

    This is not what happens though- the number of drunk increases by 37 000 over the 6-year period! This shows that prohibition not a success as the number of people drinking increased. Drunk and disorderly conduct decreases by 3 000 between 23 & 29 so there is still an overall decrease of 3 000 over the whole 6 years.

  2. prohibition of alcohol in america

    This shows that prohibition was popular and that people were actually coming together for the prohibition of alcohol and that people were serious about stopping drinking. Overall, as opposed to source A, source B agrees with the prohibition of alcohol.

  1. American History Coursework

    statement, as there were some aspects of the New Deal which could be perceived as successes, whilst others could also be perceived as failures. Firstly, an example of an aspect of the New Deal which could be alleged a success would be the Tennessee Valley Authority, or the TVA.

  2. Prohibition of Alcohol.

    Source E is a German cartoon published in the 1920's showing Uncle Sam smashing bottles the message in the cartoon is that prohibition of alcohol is not working. The cartoon shows a demon-like creature pouring more bottles than Uncle Sam can smash.

  1. History depth study coursework-USA 1919-1945.

    The provenance also tells us that this was statistics that were from all over the country as well. Even though these are statistics, these can be manipulated to look bad or good so these can be seen as biased, but the fact that they are recorded by Federal government agents

  2. What can you learn about Roosevelt from this Source? Explain your answer, using details ...

    Or what were his or her financial details? Without this information, it is hard to find out whether Roosevelt would have been as generous to everyone as he was to this person. Question 2 - Study sources B and C How far do these two sources differ in their view of Roosevelt as president?

  1. Source A and Source B struggle to agree on the causes of prohibition. I ...

    Both posters involve money and the way men wasted the money on alcohol. Source C has two parts to it. The first part pictures a man buying some alcohol from a saloon. He is handing the bar tender a bag marked, 'Weeks Wages.'

  2. History Coursework on Prohibition ...

    The First World War undoubtedly played a major part in the beginning of prohibition. One big standing reason was that it was "unpatriotic" to drink beer which was most probably brewed in Germany. Source E was apparently taken after a raid on a "speakeasy".

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work