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Was Prohibition Bound To Fail?

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Was Prohibition Bound To Fail? A) Source A has been produced from a history book made in 1973. Source B was also a history book produced in 1979. Both of these sources were produced a long time after Prohibition came about in the 1920's. This shows that these sources may not be reliable. Since there is a good chance the people who published these books weren't around at the time. But if even if they had of been there they were probably very young and their memory wouldn't be sufficient enough. So the people who wrote these history books would most likely of got there information from other places. Or used other history books to get information for their own. So there is a pretty good chance that they could have been for or against Prohibition. Source A is the lead up to the Prohibition. Source A says that before 1920, the time of the Prohibition. There were already 23 states that were faced with the banning of alcohol. Source B however, looks at groups that wanted the ban of alcohol like, 'anti saloon league'. Source B goes into some detail about the organisation's jobs! It talks about how the 'Anti Saloon League' led all these organisations to congress of the Unites States to push for a ban of alcohol. Source A also mentions the influence in which the Anti Saloon League had upon the ban of alcohol. Source then goes on to mention other aspects that lead up to the Prohibition. Which was reserving grain for American Troops during World War One? ...read more.

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Source H is another table full with statistics however these statistics show the number of arrests for drinking related offences from 1920 to 1925 and the total arrests for that year. These statistics were published by the city of Philadelphia Police Department. The table includes drink, drunk drivers and drunk & disorderly related arrests. Source G shows the amount of illegal stills and spirits that have been seized during 1921, 1925 and 1929. The amount of illegal stills seized in 1921 was 9,746. In 1925 there was an increase to 12,023 and in 1929 it rose again to 15,794. This shows that there was increase over the years of illegal stills seized. This shows that Prohibition wasn't successful as in a space of eight years. The amount of gallons of spirits seized in 1921 was 414,000. In 1925 there was a rapid increase to 11,030,000 and in 1929 to 11,860,000. This doesn't show that the police were stamping down on Prohibition. It does, but also it shows that there was a lot more places around, what the statistics doesn't show is that amount of gallons of spirits that wasn't seized. Source H shows the number of arrests which was related to drunk drivers, drunken person(s) and disorderly conduct in 1920, 1923 through to 1925. In 1920 14,313 people were arrested because of being drunk. In 1923 it then rose to 45,226 and in 1925 to 51,361. In 1920 no drunk driver were arrested, where as in 1923 645 people were and when it came to 1925 there was a total of 820. ...read more.

Conclusion

Source F is an account from a Prohibition officer; this view is biased but shows that he believes in the Prohibition and he believes he can uphold the law. Sources G and H are statistics which were taken after the Prohibition had been introduced to the USA. The figures show that the persistence of offenders. This supports the fact that Prohibition was bound to fail. If you looked at it the way they were intended when published, you could say that the prohibition officers were cracking down on alcohol and upholding the law but the way I've interpreted the sources it shows who they stopped, but not who they haven't! It also shows that there is a general increase of offenders in later years which is making the crime rate go up, which is the main reason that prohibition failed. Source I also agrees that Prohibition was bound to fail, it shows people who were meant to upholding this law of no alcohol taking bribes and keeping their backs turned. Source J also agrees that the prohibition would fail, the policeman in the source had probably taken bribes himself. But this is obviously something he may not have admitted to. At least not at the time anyway. So in conclusion 6 out of 10 of these sources suggest that prohibition was bound to fail. So overall that's 60% so that's more than 50/50 either way, so these sources show that Prohibition itself was inevitable due to the amount of corruption and the fact that the society itself was willing to risk their own families to pay for alcohol, they wouldn't care for what the law says if they want a drink that badly! ...read more.

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