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Was Prohibition Bound to Fail? Sources Questions.

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Was Prohibition Bound to Fail? Sources Questions b) Study Sources C and D. Were the artists of these two posters for or against Prohibition?' Both Sources C and D are for prohibition. This is apparent because in source C by the way the picture shows a picture of a man handing over his weekly wages for alcohol while his wife and children sit at home with no money. This shows that alcohol kept the poor, poor and was a reason for prohibition it also seems to be a comment on the social cost of prohibition by the heading "the poor mans club, the most expensive in the world to belong to" this seems to comment on how the cost of the saloon is more than economical i.e the mans wages, but also social and emotionally on his family , his wife is shown as distressed and breaking down. This was one of the main reasons the Anti saloon league crusaded for prohibition. Source D shows its support for prohibition. We can tell this because of the way the picture shows two children in tattered clothes, looking sad and longingly towards the saloon door. The caption underneath the picture is the most important thing, because it underlines the economical effect of the saloon. It says that their 'shoes and stockings and food are in the saloon too, and they'll never come out'. This is suggesting that the father of the children is in the bar and is spending all the money that should be used on the children's shoes, stockings and food. ...read more.

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therefore might 'edit' figures When looking at the figures in source G it shows that prohibition was a failure because towards 1929, more illegal stills were seized and more gallons of spirits were seized. This suggests that more alcohol was being produced showing that prohibition was failing. On the other hand, it could suggest that the police were getting more efficient at doing their job and seized more gallons of spirits because they were getting better at doing so. When looking at the figures in source H it shows the prohibition was definitely a failure. This is especially apparent in the 'drunk' column. It shows that although more people were getting arrested for being drunk (suggesting that the police were doing a better job) but it shows that more alcohol must have been getting produced for more people to drink and for more people to break the law. But because Source H was written by the Police Department of Philadelphia it suggests that the source may have been biased as the department would try to be showing that prohibition was successful so that they didn't show themselves up as unable to enforce the law. (e) Study Sources I and J. How far does Source I prove that the policeman in Source J is telling the truth? Source J says that saloon owners and gangsters involved in bootlegging alcohol often bribed policemen. Source I agrees with this by showing how many of the authorities were willing to except bribes and turn a blind eye to the illegal activities taking place blatantly around them. ...read more.

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This source suggests that the failure of prohibition was inevitable. In Sources F, G and H it is hard to tell whether they show that prohibition was bound to fail. In sources G and H it maybe suggests that it was bound to fail because the amounts of alcohol being seized were increasing greatly and there were more drunks and drunk drivers being arrested. In Source F though it is not clear and does not really say anything about it failing, this would be because the commissionaire would need to encourage people to be positive about the law. Source I and J definitely support the view that prohibition was bound to fail because it shows clearly the corruption that was going on. Source J says that it was all a 'conspiracy' and that his 'superior officers were involved in it'. This shows that prohibition was bound to fail because if the pillars of society weren't enforcing it properly then no one was going to obey the law. From my own knowledge I know that it is rumoured that even the president had the occasional alcoholic drink. Generally, over all, the sources support the view that the failure of Prohibition was inevitable. The reason for this failure was that the majority of Americans did not want prohibition which meant that you had people trying to enforce a law which they themselves broke or disagreed with add to this copious amounts of corruption bribery and violent crime it was blatantly going to fail as source A says "..no earlier law had gone against the customs, habits and desires of so many Americans." ...read more.

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