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Source work on prohibition 1. how useful is source A for studying the spread of prohibition in the United States? Source A is useful for studying the spread of prohibition in the USA but not in the period I am studying in which is the 1920's. This is because the map only shows the spread of prohibition from 1845-1915, which is 5 years out. It is also not that useful because, it is missing some information, for example it only shows what was happening on the east side of America and only a few parts of the west coast. Another thing that is missing on the map are some states, such as South Dakota, Texas and Florida. The map is not very clear about what prohibition is so it would not be useful to a student who knows nothing about prohibition. There is also a mis-match in dates because the title states, "The spread of prohibition, 1845-1933," and the keys says, "States entirely dry by 1915," this would not help me very much because I am studying prohibition in the 1920's and the map only shows the spread of it up to 1915, which is 5 years out, but I know that prohibition carried on through the 1920's. However the map is useful in some ways, such as it tells us when prohibition began, in 1845 which can tell us that it was popular before I became a law in 1919. Also it can be useful for a student who was looking for some background information on prohibition, for example where it started and in which state/s or areas. ...read more.

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But source E was produced after the end of prohibition so this would suggest that the artist of the photo would not have anything to gain by drawing a biased picture. It can be useful for showing what happened in a raid on a "speak easy" but because the artist never saw a raid he can only guess at what would happen in a raid but if he had researched it then maybe he could have based it on a few pictures, then it would make the picture quite useful. Also this picture shows the agents destroying the illegal alcohol, which is completely different to source D where they are just standing by the seized alcohol. I think that source D was produced for show in a magazine or newspaper to show that the government is handling the problem, as I know that there was a big problem with illegal alcohol. So it would have been produced to show the public. But I think that source E has been produced to give a GCSE student a rough idea about a raid or it could be produced to fill space in the textbook or as a cover. In conclusion I think that both pictures are useful in some way, because source D can how corrupt the police were or how the government used propaganda to strengthen their support, and source E shows that a completely different picture although the setting looks familiar. So it can be seen as a contrasting picture. 4. Source F gives very precise information. Does this mean that it must be reliable in evidence about the way that prohibition laws were enforced in the 1920's? ...read more.

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Source D is a picture of agents with illegal alcohol after a raid on a speakeasy. It suggests that there was an issue because it was taken probably to show the public that the police and the government were able to handle the problem of illegal alcohol. But because it is the only source that is pro prohibition it may imply that there was corruption. The source suggests that corruption was a big problem because if the agents had made any arrests and convicted anybody, there would have been a decrease in the number of speakeasies around. Also the source is relevant to show how important prohibition was because it was taken in 1920. Source E shows a different picture of a raid on a speakeasy, because it shows the agents smashing the illegal alcohol on the walls and on the street. It is not very relevant because it is only one mans interpretation of the events and I am not sure whether it was about the 1920's. Source F shows how huge the problem was with the amount of arrests but also implies how big the problem of corruption was. It is very relevant because all the arrests are in the 1920's and they are linked to illegal alcohol. Source G was made in 1932 in Hollywood and implies that corruption took over the police force. It shows this because when one guy was arrested for murder he was released almost straight away. But it is not that relevant because it is not about the 1920's and only shows one side of the story. So in conclusion I think that prohibition was a big problem because most of the relevant sources are against prohibition and there is one pro prohibition, so this could imply that there was a problem with prohibition and corruption. ...read more.

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