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Was Prohibition Bound To Fail?

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Was Prohibition Bound To Fail? In this coursework I will explore the factors which lead prohibition Of alcohol to fail. I will come to a conclusion on whether or not The prohibition was bound to fail using several different sources. Prohibition of alcohol in USA was introduced in 1920 due to a number Of reasons. It was perhaps the most commonly violated law in the History of the United States. The National Prohibition Act, or the Vested act, stated that anything that contained over 0.5% of Alcohol was now intoxicating and illegal. Exceptions were however Made for alcohol used for medicine or industrial purposes. Banning of alcohol was not a new idea in the United States, much of The opposition to alcohol had been around for years. Protestants Disapproved of alcohol strongly, it was seen as evil and threat to Churchgoers who got drunk on a Saturday night and were hung over and Unable to attend mass on Sunday morning. Doctors sometimes blamed alcohol for babies who were born physically Or mentally disabled and for deaths during pregnancy. Alcohol had been frowned upon during World War I, it was said that Many soldiers were not able to fire straight because they were Drunk. The use of grain for brewing alcohol was momentarily banned In some states in the USA because they felt much of the barley could Be used as rations by the allies. ...read more.


The writer of source E however would have seen The effects of prohibition. Both sources show evidence of optimism That prohibition would have worked. Source F is biased towards Prohibition; the writer of source E is in favour of prohibition but Can see that it didn't work. Question d) Sources G and H are statistics showing the amount of alcohol seized By prohibition officers over the years and the amount of alcohol Related crimes reported by the Philadelphia Police Department. The Figures could show that prohibition was successful or they could Show that prohibition was unsuccessful. This depends on how they are Interpreted. Source G shows that the amount of alcohol seized by prohibition Officers in 1929 was almost 30 times the amount of alcohol seized in 1921. You could argue that the prohibition officers were getting Better at there job and catching more criminals or you could say That there were thousands more criminals and there was much more Alcohol in 1929. The latter scenario is more likely. Source H shows that over 35000 more people were arrested for being Drunk in 1925 than in 1920. The statistics also show a conflicting View. There were less people charged with being drunk and disorderly In 1925 than in 1920 but this could be interpreted differently. ...read more.


then It could support the view that prohibition was bound to fail. If a Man was willing to lose his money, family and children for a drink; Then why wouldn't he break the law for one? Source E (like source A) shows optimism that prohibition would work; It says that the citizens of the USA had become law breakers. This Suggests that many people were opposed to prohibition and supports The view that prohibition was bound to fail. Source F is a quote from a prohibition officer; this view is biased But shows determination and belief in prohibition. Sources G and H are statistics taken after prohibition was Introduced, the figures show the persistence of offenders and Generally support the view that prohibition was bound to fail. If The figures were interpreted differently, and then it could show that The prohibition officers were cracking down on offenders but we know That this is not true. Source I agrees with the view that prohibition was bound to fail, it Shows the people who introduced the system and the people enforcing The system taking bribes. Source J also agrees with the view that prohibition would fail, the Policeman himself had probably taken bribes, but this is not Something he would have admitted to at the time of the statement for The sake of his own credibility as a policeman. ...read more.

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