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Study Sources A and B. How far do these two accounts agree about Prohibition?

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Question A. Study Sources A and B. How far do these two accounts agree about Prohibition? This question is instructing me to compare sources A and B and notice how far they actually agreed about Prohibition. The Sources A and B both agree about Prohibition in some ways and disagreed about it in others. They each discuss and explain when prohibition was introduced and the consequences that it brought, both agreeing on points to a certain extent. For example they both agree that alcohol was evil, but in other ways disagree as Source B goes into more depth about the effects of prohibition by using figures such as, '30,000 speakeasies in New York.' Throughout each piece of text, the sources both agreed quite a lot and felt strongly about the same matters. This is because each of the sources state the consequences that Prohibition brought about by saying 'It created the greatest criminal boom in American history (Source A)' ...read more.

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Furthermore, the two Sources also mention the Anti-Saloon league and the year 1917 (as it was an important year for the fight against alcohol). Source A talks about 1917 by saying 'twenty-three states had already introduced a ban on alcohol' and that the Anti-Saloon was good and introduced correctly as it was '...at a time when large numbers of men were absent in the armed forces.' Source B also describes 1917 as '...a nation wide campaign,' as it affected many states, and it also talks about the Anti-Saloon League by saying it '...brought pressure to bear on Congress to ban the use of grain for either distilling or brewing.' Which agrees fully with Source A as it explains, 'Among possible explanations we must include... the wartime concern for preserving grain for food.' This shows that each Source starts off by stating reasons why prohibition was introduced, and they each feel that the grain needed to be put to better use, by feeding the Americans at war. ...read more.

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As it talks about Prohibition causing the '...greatest criminal boom in American history, and perhaps in all modern history,' and also 'No earlier law produced such widespread crime.' Also Source A differs to B as it talks differently about 1917. This is because '...twenty-three states...introduced a ban on alcohol,' whereas Source B takes about a '...nation-wide campaign...' in 1917. Therefore they each give different points about the goings on in 1917 and what prohibition influenced states and countries to do. In conclusion to this, my overall judgement would be that, although the two sources do not agree on everything there are strong similarities between the two sources and they each have a positive argument in contrast with the other. They mainly agree on the areas concerning the consequences that prohibition brought about but both disagree on the reasons why it was introduced, which shows that they have each given valid points backed up by each other and therefore agree to a far extent before they each go on to talk about the different matters of Prohibition. Michael Boland History Coursework Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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