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Study sources I and J, How far does source I prove that the policeman in source J is telling the Truth?

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Study sources I and J, How far does source I prove that the policeman in source J is telling the Truth? Source I is a cartoon drawn from the time of Prohibition. It shows a line of seven men in authority with their hands behind their backs. On their backs their role in society is said, these being (starting from far left) 'Clerk', 'Magistrates, 'Party Official', 'Politician', 'Police Officer' and 'Prohibition Agent'. The message from this cartoon is that of 'The National Gesture' this being that no matter what your role was in society, you did the same as the next person which was accepting bribes from landowners of Speakeasies. ...read more.

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In his report he is justifying that he tried not to take part in the illegal business of drinking alcoholic beverages. He is making himself seem very naive and innocent by saying things like 'I took it and he was gone' 'I was sent'. He could be trying to make himself sound like this as his job could be at stake as he could be saying this after Prohibition had ended, he could also be trying to salvage his reputation. The policeman is making himself seem responsible by trying to enforce the law, 'If you tried to enforce the law they'd put you in a post where there was nothing but weeds'. ...read more.

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He means that he couldn't have done his job correctly as his superior officers who were above him were involved so he couldn't have made a change. Everybody is involved but not equally as the corruption is coming from above. In conclusion, the policeman is Source J is proving that Source I is telling the truth as he explains how high people in society were involved in corruption. In his case his 'superior officers' who were one of the leading men in enforcing prohibition. A police man is the second most superior man in Source I. Although it seems as the policeman in source J is proving that source I is not lying, historians cannot be sure how accurate Source J is as he could be twisting what actually happened as to keep his status in society clean. ?? ?? ?? ?? Orquidea ...read more.

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