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Were the artists of these two posters for or against prohibition?

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b) Study sources C and D Were the artists of these two posters for or against prohibition? Both of these sources, C and D were produced by the anti-saloon league; founded in 1893 in Ohio. The anti-saloon league was an organisation opposed to the sale of alcohol. Therefore both of these posters are going to be supporting prohibition. Source C is titled "The Poor Man's club. The most expensive in the world to belong to" This is trying to say that because alcohol was so expensive, the people that go to bars become poor because they spend all their money on alcohol. There is also a man handing over a small bag labelled "week's wages" on the poster and this is trying to show that people are spending so much money in pubs that they don't have any money left for other things. Towards the bottom of the poster it says "a club member in good standing. Paying his dues" and is referring to the man handing over his weeks wages which are effectively his 'subs' to be in the 'poor man's club'. ...read more.


On the poster the barman looks as though he has lots of money- he has good clothes and a big smile on his face showing that he is very happy to be taking the man's money and he can afford good clothing because everyone is spending all of their money at his saloon. He also appears to be fat showing that he has money to buy food and that he can afford to buy good food. On the side of his till it says "cash eater" and is showing that this till is collecting a lot of money and that the people are spending a lot of money at this saloon because the till is nearly overflowing with money. There are also people at the left of the poster that are drinking and gambling showing that they are just wasting their money in this saloon instead of caring for their families. On source D there are two children standing outside the entrance to a saloon, at the top it says: "Daddy's in there" and at the bottom it says "And our shoes and stockings and food are in the saloon too, and they'll never come out" this is using 'Emotive Propaganda' to persuade people that alcohol is bad and evil. ...read more.


I think that Source D is more effective, because of the emotive propaganda that is used, and because it is from a child's point of view it makes it seem worse and the people looking at the poster feel sorry for the children because they are neglected and they are poor because of their father's addiction to alcohol, and they have no shoes, stockings or food because their father is spending all the money on alcohol. Therefore the people looking at this poster will think that this is what might happen to all families if prohibition is not enforced and so will make them support prohibition To conclude, both of these posters were for prohibition due to the fact that they were produced by the anti-saloon league. The anti-saloon league were trying to persuade people that alcohol was evil and trying to show people what would happen if they carried on drinking. I think that source D is the more effective at getting the message across because the use of emotive propaganda is better in this poster because it is from a child's point of view. ...read more.

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