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Was the failure of prohibition inevitable?

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Oliver Smith Was the failure of prohibition inevitable? Prohibition started in the 1920's and ended in 1933, a failure, but was it inevitable right from the start, could it have been stopped from its crash collision course, and if so how. I will be looking over all the sources to see why it failed and if it was inevitable right from the start. As soon as prohibition had started John F Kramer, the first prohibition commissioner spoke about how there was going to be zero tolerance with the lawbreakers and how the law will be obeyed everywhere and that it will not be either sold nor given away or manufactured. "We shall see that it is not manufactured, nor sold nor given away!" This is in source F, a speech about how prohibition will be enforced by John F Kramer. ...read more.


so much as in sources C & D, this is like emotional black mail and most of it was false but it was to shock people and stop them drinking. Prohibition was against a lot of peoples daily habits, people used to drink to feel good or get away from problems and keep calm but suddenly people couldn't do this and had a craving for alcohol and so went at all risks to get it, this is where gangsters came in and took over the whole business and took off where saloons left off. Gangsters started the whole backhander thing (bribery) and nearly everyone of a high status did it, like the picture shows in source I (7 men holding the hands out behind their backs.) it was know as the national gesture because everyone did it. ...read more.


saying the law was failing and that it was over. As this letter was confident it would have been completely honest showing that prohibition was a failure to be found. "Many of our best citizens have openly ignored prohibition, respect for the law has greatly lessened." I conclude that nearly all of these sources show prohibition was inevitable to fail but a few say it could have worked if the demand Kramer said he was going to were carried out, he would have stopped failure. The fact he only had 1500 to enforce the law over America was ridiculous, 1500 in one of the biggest countries in was nothing. It's around 30 to a state and a state is normally bigger than England. The time was right because the soldiers at war weren't allowed to drink, with the propaganda shocking people and the law enforcers, but all was lost to gangsters and bribery and that at the end with Rockafella letter at the end showed prohibition was well and truly defeated. ...read more.

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