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To what extent did Prohibition in the 1920's change the American lifestyle?

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To what extent did Prohibition in the 1920's change the American lifestyle? The introduction of prohibition did have an effect on the lifestyle of the American people and not all in a positive way. In the early 1920s the US economy was growing rapidly, this period was called The Roaring Twenties. The people considered this to be a time to party and have fun! The Roaring Twenties did give many positive outcomes such as the development and improvement in the country's economy but other than that not everything turned out according to plan. Prohibition was designed to reduce drinking by getting rid of the businesses that manufactured, distributed and sold the alcoholic drinks. ...read more.

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However, prohibition managed to do just about the opposite to that of which it intended, including providing the gangsters and organized crime groups with another opportunity to earn more money, illegally. The organized crime groups were all 'bootlegging'. Bootlegging was the producing and distributing of illicit goods. The illegal alcohol was sold in saloons called speakeasies. This was one of the biggest differences to the American people's lifestyle. In fact there were more speakeasies being set up and run than there were saloons before the Law had been passed! (Twice as many in Rochester, NY) The biggest gang leader at this time was Al Capone. ...read more.

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Al Capone was quoted in 1930 as saying: "I call myself a businessman. I make my money by supplying a popular demand. If I break a law, my customers are as guilty as I am. You can't cure thirst by law." Gangs like Capone's just helped to prove that the Anti-Prohibition groups were incorrect in their theory that crime would decrease if people were no longer allowed to drink. They said that the cities would be safer, and far more peaceful but this was not necessarily correct. For example, between 1926 and 1927 there were 130 gangland murders! In 1933 the homicide rate peaked to 9.7 per 100,000 people, which was the year that Prohibition was finally repealed. ?? ?? ?? ?? Lane Page 1 5/7/2007 ...read more.

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