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Prohibition Question F Some of sources A to J do not suggest an inevitable failure of Prohibition where as some of them you cannot use as evidence because they were published after or during Prohibition. I think that sources A, B, E, I and J all suggest that Prohibition was inevitably going to fail where as sources C, D, F, G and H all do not suggest that inevitably Prohibition was going to fail. Source A is a historian talking about Prohibition in 1973. It says firstly about the causes of Prohibition, which make it seem that Prohibition was not going to fail. By saying things like 'The bad influence of saloons' and 'Most important of all was the moral fervour inspired by the War to Make The World Safe for Democracy'' make it sound that this article would have been strongly for the introduction of Prohibition. However in the second paragraph he uses hindsight to try and prove that it would have been inevitable with lines such as 'For no earlier law had gone against the daily customs, habits and desires of so many Americans.' ...read more.


The reason I feel that these two sources are supporting the view that the failure of Prohibition was inevitable is because if the public were going to still want alcohol, as stated in sources A and B, then the people still selling the alcohol are going to obviously do anything they can to avoid getting caught. If the people above the policemen, e.g. Prohibition Agents, are still wanting the alcohol like everyone else, then they will be bribed in order to get drink for themselves. Sources C and D are both posters supporting the fight against alcohol. They both give across the image that alcohol is destroying the American society and want it banned. These posters are intended to get the Prohibition law passed so they obviously don't think that Prohibition is going to fail. Source F is a speech in 1920 by John F. Kramer, the first Prohibition Commissioner who's job it was to enforce Prohibition. He says 'The law will be obeyed in cities, large and small, and in villages.' This first sentence shows that he is fully committed to stopping the bad effects of alcohol. ...read more.


Through my own knowledge I know that before Prohibition was introduced there were already 23 out of 48 states were already 'dry' states and within these states most people obeyed the law and so would have been expected to around America. Also the fact that Rockefeller financed the Anti-Saloon League should also help to prove that Prohibition was not expected to fail and only with the benefit of hindsight can we see that there were already problems within the Prohibition law. Some of these were that they never employed enough Prohibition Agents to cover the whole of America, with each agent having to cover 2,000 square miles each. If these problems had of been seen before Prohibition was introduced then maybe it might have worked. In conclusion to this evidence I believe that not all of the sources support the view that the failure of Prohibition was inevitable. Some of the evidence was, however, unreliable and some of the sources were written after the time of Prohibition so they have the benefit of hindsight. From my knowledge I would say that the failure of Prohibition was becoming more obvious over time. ...read more.

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