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The End of Prohibition

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THE END OF PROHIBITION In 1919 Prohibition was introduced to America. This was the law of banning Alcohol, which was thought to be the cause of many problems with America at the time. Unfortunately for the government American citizens did not agree with this law, and although it was illegal, they carried on with the consumption of alcohol. In this essay, I am going to explain how and why Prohibition ended. One reason for the end of Prohibition came in the beginning- it was the problem of enforcing it in the first place. People who were actually in favour of Prohibition were mainly Christian groups and the "Anti-Saloon League". They were a minority, against the majority of America who were against this law, which made it even harder to enforce, as there weren't many "believers" of this new law. There was still easy access to alcohol. Only the USA had the law of the banning of alcohol but it was still legal in neighbouring countries such as Canada and Mexico, which was easy to get inside the US. ...read more.

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Gangsters had political power using the profits of alcohol they made. This is why Prohibition had to be stopped. People thought that the murder and maiming of gang members was an acceptable way of breaking the law, if it was for alcohol. This shows how much people didn't care about this law as little concern was shown for breaking a federal law. One of the most famous gangster- Al Capone knew what he was doing. He knew that Prohibition would be a stupid thing, and so he took the opportunity to profit from it. This was how many gangsters saw it. Prohibition agents would try to enforce the law of Prohibition, but never succeeded. If bootleg alcohol was found, it was tipped away. This made no difference, as there was always plenty of alcohol, which would be impossible to get rid of. Another reason why prohibition ended, there was too much bootleg alcohol which couldn't be stopped. There was a turning point, which had decided that Prohibition had to go. On February 14th, many opposing gang members were shot. This was called the "Valentines Day Massacre" The government had realised that people were going too far with Prohibition. ...read more.

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They would have realised that they could make a large profit from selling it, which could help them after their business going bankrupt. They would have realised that people doing a respectful job couldn't afford many of the things they could, while breaking the law. This was better to legalise, as the taxes were badly needed, instead of gangsters making all the money, the government could profit from it. Inconclusion, the most important reason for the ending of Prohibition was that every reason paid a part. The Government knew that no one agreed with this law in the first place. Enforcing it was the main problem of getting everyone to accept it and agree with it in the first place. It was also harder to accept it as people carried on drinking anyway, with the help of the gangsters. This leads on to another reason as gangsters constantly supplied alcohol, as this was what everyone wanted. Wall Street and The Valentines Day Massacre were the turning points of Prohibition as now the government finally realised it had to go. Bootlegging had caused the massacre and Wall Street had caused many desperate people to break the law. I think Wall Street is one of the most important reasons why Prohibition ended, as the US needed the tax. ...read more.

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