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Study sources C and D - Were the artists of these two posters for or against prohibition.

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Question B - Study sources C and D. Were the artists of these two posters for or against prohibition. (8 marks) In both sources the artist are against the use of alcohol because they are pointing out some of the negative things that happens when people use alcohol. They are very one sided and show very extreme situations. The two pictures are for prohibition and they share same views. In the two sources they illustrate that the people are very poor. This is implying that the people who spend money on alcohol are very easily tempted by the product to spend all their wealth on it because it is such an obsession. These posters are both made by the Anti-Saloon League for propaganda to Prohibition so that they gained more public support to put pressure on the government and the public that did not already believe that alcohol was evil. In source C the things that are relevant to prohibition, is that it illustrates a man at a bar handing the bar tender a bag of money for a bottle which we can guess to be of alcohol. ...read more.

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Another detail that is in Source C is that the cash machine is extra large to a normal one. This is because the artist wants to show that the bar tender receives a lot of money, resulting in an extra large cash storage machine. This is showing that the barman is very wealthy. Another indication in the picture is that he is very well dressed so this would also show that the alcohol business is very profitable. This is adding to the theme of the picture that business is doing very well and the people using the product is putting a large amount of money towards alcohol. The other two points in Source C are trying to say about the same point about how the saloon makes the families poor. This is basically saying that users of alcohol are always poor because of how addictive alcohol naturally is. This is saying that you could loose everything by showing in the mini clip that everything is very plain because everything has probably been sold to get more alcohol and all the income that should be spent on everyday family necessities instead of alcohol. ...read more.

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to come out on his free will, which is not likely, add to the pity that the viewer has for the children. The way the small kid looks for help from his older sister and she just remains miserable also adds to the pity for the children. This picture was published before prohibition in 1915, was most likely to get a hold of more people to vote for prohibition. Both these posters are gaining pity from the viewers. There is a large emphasis on how alcohol made consumers poor because of how addictive it was making people want more and more, making it impossible to quit. Both sources where made before prohibition was introduced and was made by the Anti-Saloon League who was for Prohibition, so this means that they were both made to get more people to vote to get prohibition in. In both posters they have pity because they both show people who are helpless and are suffering and indicate that the other is enjoying themselves and have forgotten about the rest of the family. The artists of these two posters are unquestionably trying to make these poster gain popularity for prohibition. Keith Huang History Coursework - 1 - ...read more.

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