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Was prohibition bound to fail?

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GCSE HISTORY COURSEWORK ASSIGNMENT A (OBJECTIVE 1) Was prohibition bound to fail? 2. What were the effects of prohibition? For many people, prohibition was the solution to a lot of their country's problems. It may have gone and solved a lot of problems, but it brought problems up itself. At first, prohibition did help society, but people began to want alcohol more. Some people noticed this and thrived upon the opportunity. The main sufferer in American society turned out to be the innocent wives and children due to the husbands and fathers selfish want of alcohol. In this time, the man of the house was the main or only wage owner, and his wages had to be spent on the welfare of his family, for example, to feed and cloth them. ...read more.


He made approximately $100 million a year from various criminal activities. The first criminal activity he and the Mafia exerted from was alcohol bootlegging and the opening of the speakeasies. The Mafia made such a profit from this that they went on to get into prostitution, labour rackets and illegal gambling activities. In the end, they made so much money that they began dealing in all sorts of legitimate businesses. Another problem, which spurned from prohibition, was violent gangster rivalry. All the gangs fought between each other to take all the alcohol trade. Between 1927 and 1931, about 200 gang members were killed. For none of these murders, anyone was convicted. The reason for this is that, large gangs such as the Mafia bribed the law and politicians to turn a blind eye to their criminal activities. ...read more.


He imported whisky from Canada and the West Indies for the four years. Alcohol smuggling attracted many people, as it was hard to get caught and the profits were high. Prohibition agents had no chance of wiping out prohibition because there just wasn't enough agents to cover the 29,000-km boundaries. Also, the other big problem is that the USA borders with Canada and Mexico, two countries without prohibition. Along with these other consequences, another very serious problem came about, the opening of lots of illegal distilleries and breweries. These breweries didn't always produce good alcohol. This is proved by when the drink 'moonshine' was invented. It was a poisonous concoction, which killed hundreds of people. From what people believed to be a problem solving law, turned out to make lots more serious problems. It actually turned out to make the USA a more violent place. Social problems also increased as women and children became involved. ...read more.

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