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Study all the Sources - Do these Sources support the view that the failure of Prohibition was inevitable?

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Study all the Sources. Do these Sources support the view that the failure of Prohibition was inevitable? (12) Firstly, not all the Sources actually say that Prohibition was going to be a failure. However, even the Sources that do say that Prohibition was a failure do not indicate that it was going to be inevitable. There was a lot of support for Prohibition when it was first introduced by organisations such as 'Anti-saloon league' and 'Woman's Christian Temperance Union'. They would not have supported Prohibition if it was condemned to be a failure. Source A shows to us the reasons as to why Prohibition was introduced in the first place. It shows reasons such as "bad influence of saloons, the wartime concern for preserving grain for food..." This is very interesting because it shows why Prohibition was introduced in the first place. Source A also shows some consequences. It says 'It created the greatest criminal boom in American history'. This shows us that it was a failure. However, it wasn't inevitable because many organisations and people such as the Anti-saloon league supported it. The people who supported Prohibition must have thought that it would work, and therefore, it was not certain that it was going to fail. ...read more.

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This Source is aimed at families and family men to make them feel guilty. Source C shows a German man behind the bar, taking money. This was also racially prejudice, as it was aimed against Germans, who were the enemy from the First World War. The Anti-Saloon League and the Women's Christian Temperance Union created these Sources because 23 states had already banned alcohol, and therefore, they had momentum to enforce it onto the whole country. The purpose of this Source was that people could realise the evil effects of alcohol and then, they would enforce Prohibition. This Source clearly shows that people thought that Prohibition was going to be a success. However, from my own knowledge, I know that this was not the case. Nevertheless, because people thought that it would be a success, failure couldn't possibly be inevitable. Source E is a personal letter written by JD Rockefeller Jr. It shows that he believed that, when Prohibition was first introduced, that it would succeed. He says "...evil effects of alcohol would be recognised." This shows that he didn't like alcohol and he supported Prohibition. However, later on he goes onto say that he was disappointed. He says, "I have slowly and reluctantly come to believe that this has not been the result." ...read more.

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That's why this Source shows to us that it was inevitable that Prohibition failed. Sources I and J show that there was corruption in the force. Source I shows that a line of officials with authority and they have got their hands behind their backs and are asking for bribes, even most of the important people. Al Capone bribed everyone during this time. The Source says: "The National Gesture," which indicates everyone in the country was being bribed at the time. This shows corruption. Source J also shows that there was corruption. It shows how a police official is bribed and it also shows how police departments tried to ensure that officers took bribes otherwise they would be given jobs that were no good. This shows that corrupted and therefore, the failure of Prohibition was inevitable. In conclusion, I think that Prohibition was first introduced because people in America could see that alcohol was destroying family life, due to campaigns by the Anti-Saloon League and the Women's Christian Temperance Union. Other reasons were that the war meant that grain had to be preserved. However, the consequences of Prohibition were that there was a huge rise in organised crime and ordinary Americans were resorting to crime. However, because people supported Prohibition when it was first introduced the failure couldn't possibly have been inevitable because they wouldn't have supported it otherwise. Abbas Tejani Prohibition part (f) ...read more.

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