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Study Source A and Source B. How far do these two accounts agree about Prohibition? (7 marks) In both sources they discuss why prohibition was introduced and the effects of it. They were both written during the 1970's and were both used as American History Books so some of the ideas are similar. In these sources they show that the organizations trying to campaign for prohibition and that they created a very strong image on the public, they had succeeded in what they set out to do and eventually gained so much public support that the constitution passed the rule to ban alcohol. The reasons of prohibition are debatable but the results of it were unquestionable, the fact is that its outcome was it created the greatest criminal boom ever and this is illustrated in both sources. There are a lot of different views on the reason that was mainly responsible why prohibition was introduced. The views include things like alcohol is addictive and a person act improperly when drunk therefore people could have thought that an alcoholic drink contained evil spirits which made a person be wrongdoing after a few drinks. ...read more.


In source B a nationwide campaign, led by the Anti-Saloon League, brought pressure to bear on congress to ban the use of grain for either distilling or brewing. This reminds us of the points brought up by Source A that the Anti-Saloon League played a major part in the propaganda for prohibition towards the public which was very successful and gained a lot of support to try and put an immense amount of pressure on congress and causing them to ban alcohol in general for America. In 1917 they succeeded partly by getting congress to out rule the fuse of grain for either distilling or brewing. This was a great blow to the brewing industry. Some other explanations that were mentioned in Source A on why the ban of alcohol was introduced included the bad influence of saloons, the wartime concern for preserving grain for food, feelings against the German-Americans who where important in brewing and distilling, and the influence of the Anti-Saloon League at a time when large numbers of men were absent in the armed forces. ...read more.


of this attempt to stamp out the use of alcohol was that by 1928 there were more than 30, 000 "speakeasies" in New York alone. This shows that the amount of alcohol that was being used was still out of hand when prohibition had been introduced for about eight years. There are a lot of different points of view on this but the general idea of how prohibition started was similar in both sources. The idea of organizations, Women's Christian Temperance Union and the Anti-saloon League being the two main ones who influenced the public to see the evils of alcohol and who put a lot of pressure on Congress. The image of the outcome of Prohibition was similar in both sources. The sources showed that the use of alcohol was seen as a threat to democracy and should be banned. They both say that after prohibition was introduced, there was a large criminal boom ever in history consequently of prohibition. This law had not worked because the law had gone against the daily customs, desires and habits of so many citizens of America. Keith Huang History Coursework - 1 - ...read more.

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