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Why was prohibition bound to fail?

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GCSE HISTORY COURSEWORK ASSIGNMENT A (objective 1) Why was prohibition bound to fail? 1) What was prohibition and how did it work? Prohibition was the banning of, manufacturing, selling, trading, transportation or exportation of alchohol. It had been enforced previously, but by 1920, the federal government wanted the USA to be totally 'dry'. The 'Volstead' act was the law finally passed to enforce prohibition. In the USA, every state had it's own government, so the U.S federal wanted to overrule the states and enforce prohibition as a law for the whole country. Although the social movements advocating to liquor were prohibited, the main thing, consumption was still legal. In the end, the reason prohibition was enforced, was due to the huge support. ...read more.

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They believed that agreement to it could boost their popularity in elections. People who agreed with prohibition because of morals were - Mostly, strict religions, country folk, women and anti-German. They all believed that the consumption of alcohol led to unsociable behaviour, things like violence, promiscuity, crime, poverty and politicians called drunkenness, 'a national curse'. The main reason that prohibition was introduced was because of the morals of some people. Most people believed that alcohol consumption was the cause of ALL social problems. People who drank alchohol were described as violent and promiscuous. Religious people opposed to it because it was against the rules or morals of their religions. Another main reason why the law was enforced is because of patriotism in the USA. ...read more.

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When the law was passed, penalties were high, in some states, the death penalty still existed. If anyone was caught in the trade of alcohol, jail sentences were issued, and in some states the death penalty. Although it was not illegal to consume it, if you did, you were an embarrassment to society. People were still arrested if they were caught in 'speakeasies', as they were illegal. In the beginning, the U.S federal government enforced prohibition in the hope that it would be the solution to lots of social problems all over the USA. They also knew that alcoholism and 'drunkenness' was unacceptable in lots of societies and cultures/religions around the world. The last thing the federal government wanted was USA to have a bad name, so they enforced the 18th amendment. ...read more.

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