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

Sources E and F are pieces written by two different people about prohibition. Source E was written by a wealthy industrialist named John D. Rockefeller.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

History Coursework- David Whalley C Study sources E and F. Which of these is more reliable as evidence about prohibition? Sources E and F are pieces written by two different people about prohibition. Source E was written by a wealthy industrialist named John D. Rockefeller. He was a former supporter of prohibition and therefore for him to be against prohibition would certainly suggest that he is not exaggerate the problems created by prohibition. Source F was written by John F Kramer, the first prohibition commissioner in 1920, it was his job to enforce prohibition. ...read more.

Middle

This is not much use as evidence about prohibition because it is a possibly biased view towards alcohol and prohibition and is only this particular person's view on it. In source F Kramer uses very strong and forceful language such as "obeyed" and "where it is not obeyed it will be enforced." He basically says that alcohol is evil and it will be stopped. Source E has a much more balanced view on prohibition than source F. Rockefeller talks about his views before prohibition and how it became impossible to enforce. ...read more.

Conclusion

So overall I believe that source E is a much more reliable source of information about prohibition because it was written by an industrialist, who would have had a more unbiased view of prohibition than Kramer who would have had a biased view when he wrote his account because he was the first prohibition commissioner. Source E also shows a lot more information as Rockefeller talks about what happened as well as what he wanted to happen. Rockefeller also had the advantage of hindsight and therefore I think he wrote a more accurate account of the events of that time. ...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. How useful are sources D and E in helping you to understand the effects ...

    into a two-bedroomed house, with a small living room perhaps ten feet square''. He is using opinions, we know this because instead of stating that the living room is ten feet square, the author says that ''it is a small room''.

  2. History - Prohibition

    Also, luxuries - such as silk stockings - were more easily obtained. In cities, with the increase in the construction industry, skyscrapers were built, suburbs came into existence, new roads were being built which eased transport throughout cities and electricity pylons meant a greater electricity supply to homes.

  1. Was Prohibition bound to fail? - source related study.

    The source also quotes that 'the law says that liquor must not be manufactured'. This is correct however my own knowledge tells me this did not eventuate as the case, and Source G, which shows a huge rise in the gallons of spirit seized between 1921 and 1929, supports this.

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

    The only reason for the crime was because people demanded liquor. By enforcing Prohibition it made people want it more. Source B is much like source A telling us the causes of Prohibition and then the consequences of it. It showed the gangsters who were controlling Prohibition "into a big, violent business".

  1. Prohibition Sources Coursework.

    If others see it this way they will not have a problem with putting him out of business by campaigning for Prohibition. The words, "The Poor Mans Club" suggest that the saloon is keeping families poor. It does not let people get rich.

  2. John D. Rockefeller wrote source E at the start of the introduction of prohibition, ...

    It shows that they made many more arrests as the years of Prohibition went on. But like the previous source the same questions are brought up, are this arrests due to the agents working harder as is it that they weren't able to stop people producing and drinking alcohol, that more and more people were drinking it.

  1. Prohibition Sources Coursework

    Source D's explanation of low salaries allow us to infer agents were liable to corruption and there is no way we could gather this from Source C. The many figures presented in Source E offers evidence in support of Source C's suggestion that American authorities were utterly overwhelmed by the problem.

  2. Prohibition Sources Questions

    It also may be factually inaccurate. However, it can be very detailed and informs reader about common opinions and attitudes. What the 3 sources have in common is that all offer a desperate view of on-goings faced by law enforcers and agents, while prohibition was around.

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