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Source A + B are written sources after prohibition and was about why and when prohibition was brought in.  They do not say prohibition was bound to fail.  Source A commentson the consequence of the 18th Amendment and the increase of crime,which

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Source A + B are written sources after prohibition and was about why and when prohibition was brought in. They do not say prohibition was bound to fail. Source A comments on the consequence of the 18th Amendment and the increase of crime, which suggests that this was due to prohibition. It says it is bound to fail in the 2nd paragraph as 'law had gone against the daily customs, habits and desire of so many Americans'. Source B has one of Capone's comments 'all I do is supply a public demand'. This means that he is giving the public what they want which was alcohol and it was not his fault. This shows public demand was so strong and suggests that prohibition caused a big problem with public demands and therefore showing that prohibition was failing. Source C + D are before prohibition trying to build support for the 18th Amendment. ...read more.

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Source F is the 1st prohibition commissioner and his job was to enforce prohibition. He could be biased and the speech is used as propaganda. His comment is 'prohibition will work' which he thinks it will be successful. Source G + H are both static's about alcohol. Source G statistics are provided by Federal Government but it is incomplete information as there is no total amount of illegal stills and gallons of spirits. The numbers purely suggest that agents are more successful, but show more alcohol is being produced. It shows prohibition is bound to fail, as people are still willing to break the law. They cannot be trusted as the federal agents are breaking the law. They were probably paid to change the statistics to suit the gang lords so they would get caught by the police and be arrested. ...read more.

Conclusion

It is 1st hand evidence and is his own opinion. He talks about the corruption being fairly common and wide spread. He also includes that corruption went right up to the superior officers and that prohibition is failing. In conclusion, there are only a few sources you can trust. These are source A + B as they are 2nd hand evidence and explains what happens in the period of prohibition and sources I and J because they tells us about the corruption which was true and the evidence is not biased. Sources E, G, H, I and J says that prohibition was bound to fail and sources C, D and F suggest that it was going to be a success. This means the majority of the sources suggest that prohibition was bound to fail. I think that prohibition caused too many problems and was a waste off time as all it did was making America a very corrupt country. ...read more.

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