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Study Sources G and H - Do these prove that Prohibition was successful?

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d. Study Sources G and H. Do these prove that Prohibition was successful? (8 marks) In sources G and H they show the statistics of what agents for prohibition were able to do while enforcing prohibition during selected years during prohibition. Some of the information given backs up prohibition and others parts of the given sources show statistics that illustrates some areas that Prohibition was not working. In source G it is showing the general statistics of the activities of the federal government agents enforcing prohibition, with the figures of the years 1921, 1925 and 1929. The information provided is very spread out but gives us a good idea of what happened at the beginning and during prohibition. The information available is on the "Illegal stills seized" and the "Gallons of spirits seized". The information given only covers the beginning and the majority of prohibition. It does not have any information from 1930 up to the end of Prohibition, which was 1933. The numbers are raising through out the statistics, the further into prohibition the more the raids. ...read more.


Another way of looking at this is that the federal agents were getting increasingly good at seizing alcohol. If a person thinks that the federal agents were getting better at their job therefore leading to an increase of amount of busts as prohibition then they would see this as prohibition was actually effective at this point of prohibition. But if someone thinks that the numbers of criminal gangs were just constantly rising and that the numbers of spirits being seized should be decreasing because the public should be starting to see the evils of alcohol and that the majority of alcohol should have already be removed at the beginning of prohibition. Because of the public demand the amount of alcohol increased and it was getting much easier for the federal agents to capture someone in use of alcohol. In Source G, it focuses in on just one city, City of Philadelphia. The table shows the number of arrests for drinking-related offences in the years 1920, 1923 and 1925. ...read more.


It only contains information that is about the City of Philadelphia. Another thing is what the policemen did when they arrested people who had committed a drinking related offense. This is important to know because the policemen might have taken an account that the person was drunk but was the penalty they got for it severe enough to put the person off and not to do it again of did the people who had upset the law just got a verbal warning, which probably made the person think that they could get away with it again. These sources that have been considered within this essay have pointed to the use of alcohol rose through prohibition and that this shows that the use of alcohol was becoming increasingly liked by the public. Another thing that needs to be considered is that the figures could well be false, the reason this is, is that the police might have wanted to look as if they were working as wished-for so they do not lose their jobs or even get a additional benefit. The demand for alcohol was rising and the gangsters were simply running a flourishing business. Prohibition had failed. ...read more.

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