• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Which of these two sources is the more reliable as evidence about Prohibition?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Sean B.C Coursework Question C Which of these two sources is the more reliable as evidence about Prohibition? Source E was written by John D. Rockefeller; he was a wealthy industrialist and believed strongly in Prohibition in the 1920's. Source E gives us some very reliable evidence about Prohibition, it tells us that "drinking has generally increased, many of our best citizens have openly ignored Prohibition" "and crime has increased to a level never seen before". We can also tell that the writer of this letter was for Prohibition, "when prohibition was introduced, I hoped that it would be widely supported by public opinion". The main reason for Rockefeller being supportive of Prohibition was because he was an industrialist; they liked the idea of Prohibition. ...read more.

Middle

Source F was written by John F Kramer, he was the Commissioner for Prohibition in 1920 and he enforced Prohibition. Source F talks about how the law of Prohibition will be enforced and what will happen if people do not obey the law. This source was written in 1920, right at the start of Prohibition. As the man saying these things is an officer of the law and his job is to enforce Prohibition then he will obviously say it will work and people should obey it, because if this law did not exist, he would not have a job. There is evidence that Kramer wants to convince people Prohibition will work and that he is trying to show he is a strong leader. ...read more.

Conclusion

I know that John D. Rockefeller had a reason for supporting Prohibition, this being he believed it would help his drunken workers get to their job on time, which meant bigger profits for him. I also know John F. Kramer has a reason for supporting Prohibition, as he is the Commissioner he will support it because it is his job to enforce this law, if there was no Prohibition then he would not have a job. The reason Kramer's evidence is not as reliable as Rockefeller's is because of the time at which he wrote it. He did not know anything about Prohibition, whether it would work or fail, unlike Rockefeller who wrote source E. Rockefeller wrote his letter after Prohibition had ended, so he has more reliable evidence about Prohibition. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE USA 1919-1941 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE USA 1919-1941 essays

  1. Prohibition 1920 Sources Question

    People started to smuggle, and bring alcohol into the country via Canada and overseas. This was brought in along the vast 18700 miles of coastline. The people who did this were called 'Bootleggers'; they also stole the alcohol from government warehouses, and sold this to people who were prepared to break the law.

  2. Prohibition: Which of these two sources is more reliable as evidence against prohibition?

    The messages that are expressed by the Women's Christian Temperance Union and the Anti- saloon league all strongly agree with the source. 'One of the great evils of the time - alcoholism'...'The Women's Christian Temperance Union had joined in a crusade...'

  1. Does the evidence of source C support the evidence of sources A and B ...

    They do not like they are starving and I cannot see anybody dressed in rags. There is also no clear purpose of source A; we do not know why the author wrote this description of Jarrow. If the author was trying to get sympathy, he could have made the town sound poorer than it really was.

  2. History - Prohibition

    run, the American people did not want to obey this particular law. Unknowingly, the government had turned a regular business into thriving crime. This led to the rise of gangsters who got rich as a result of Prohibition. This meant that they could bribe the law enforcers to 'turn a blind eye', and the cycle would start again.

  1. Was Prohibition bound to fail? - source related study.

    Considering the reliability of the sources, the reliability of sources C, D and F can be questioned. Sources C and D were both created by the Anti- Saloon League and therefore are from an opinionated perspective, as I know the Anti-Saloon League were pro-Prohibition and were known for their pro-Prohibition campaigning.

  2. Prohibition Sources Coursework.

    there very regularly, just as you would if you were a member of a club. The bag labelled "week's wages", could represent the money you might pay to belong to a certain club, however the saloon is "The most expensive in the world" as you have to pay all your wages as the membership fee.

  1. America: Prohibition Sources Question

    This is a way of showing that despite America's good intentions of prohibition, the task of trying to eliminate all of the alcohol problems is far too hard for the small force (represented by Uncle Sam) that had been given the job of eliminating the alcohol.

  2. Prohibition Sources Coursework

    However, Source E offers precise statistics from which we can infer that after the introduction of prohibition in January 1920 alcohol related offences dramatically increased which neither Source C or D suggest. 3. Source B talks of an idealistic America were there will be no saloons, no more poverty caused

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work