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GCSE HISTORY COURSEWORK ASSIGNMENT A (objective 1) Why was prohibition bound to fail? 3. Was prohibition bound to fail? For what seemed to be the end of lots of the social problems in the USA, turned out to make the country a more violent place. At the start, prohibition gained great support, but in the end the whole country turned against the idea. Prohibition was first introduced in 1919 as the 18th amendment of the American constitution. It lasted for 14 years before in 1933 the 21st amendment, or the Volstead act was passed. There are many reasons as to why prohibition didn't work. The USA was riddled with corruption and violence, all brought along by the introduction of prohibition. In the USA, before prohibition, Alcohol provided a social activity for most American citizens. This was one of the biggest problems with the law, people just wanted to have a legal drink. Nearly all American citizens had an urge for an alcoholic beverage. ...read more.


At this time, politicians who supported prohibition were known as 'dry' politicians. Politicians who wanted prohibition repealed were known as 'wet' politicians. To show the popularity of the law, a famous election in 1928, saw the Republican politician Herbert Hoover who was a 'dry' politician beat Franklin Roosevelt, a 'wet' Democratic politician, to the presidency. In 1929, one of the biggest events in the USA's history occurred, the Wall Street crash. This sent American residents and businesses into bankruptcy. It also brought great depression to the country. Depressed people all over wanted a drink. The gangsters like Al Capone and Bugs Moran seized upon this great business venture opportunity. Capone had an income of $100 million from alcohol trade, labour rackets and illegal gambling. As the situation of the Wall Street crash began becoming worse, people began looking towards the money the federal government were using to enforce prohibition. Everyone was now looking for a solution to salvage the American economy. ...read more.


From the start, the law no support from people in cities. 1929 was the event, which put the 'final nail in the coffin' for prohibition. The Wall Street crash put pay to anyone's queries about keeping the law. Whatever anyone says about the bad of alcohol, it couldn't change the minds of American citizens who just wanted a drink. It never had huge support just a minority who were 'anti-alcohol.' When gangsters came about, it showed up the bad effects which prohibition brought. It brought great crime to the country and all around general social unrest throughout communities all over the country. Homes and families were broken up and the amount of gangster rivalry grew immensely. Prohibition was bound to fail, it has become one of the biggest parts of American history, and highlighted as a federal government mistake. It cost the USA very much but was sorted out in the end. After it all happened, a few years later, films were made about the incident. Two of the most famous are 'The untouchables' and 'Buggsy Malone.' They both highlight the violence between gangster rivalry caused by prohibition in the 1920s-20s. ...read more.

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