Pro's and Con's of the Prohibition

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Rachel Sheldon
3/19/13

Pro’s and Con’s of The Prohibition

In the 1840’s America started to see the want, and the need for the removal of alcohol, in 1919 the 18th amendment was created. This amendment was called prohibition, the legal act of prohibiting the manufacture, transportation and sale of alcohol and alcoholic beverages. Life at home and at work improved as abuse was greatly lessened, and money was spent on necessities instead of boos. However, Prohibition did not go as planned, illegal activities were still increasing and bootlegging was at its all time high. Sadly, completely illegalizing the production and consumption of alcohol was a great plan that ended up being a great failure. The prohibition act had many positives. The amendment helped assess implications in the home. “In general, informal social controls in the home and community helped maintain the expectation that the abuse of alcohol was unacceptable.” (***) Here for instance when the law was set forward banning alcohol men at home were not able to drink, thus they stopped beating their family and spending all the money. Francis Willard president of the WCTU stated, “It was believed that if it could ‘get to the children’ it could create a ‘dry’ sentiment leading to prohibition.” (****) If she could stop abuse in the household she would be able to assist the children, bring them to school, have them raised in a proper home. Something all WCTU advocated wanted. Henry Ford however created a genius idea. He decided to pay his workers who didn’t drink more. And fire the ones who drank. “When Henry Ford first offered his workers the astounding sum of five dollars a day to work on his Model T Ford assembly line he shocked the business world with his generosity.” (*****) Though he wasn’t about to be outsmarted by his employees. Ford wanted to create a production line fast, and efficient. Something an alcoholic in his eyes could not help him accomplish. “Ford went so far as to hire detectives...
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