Prohibition in the United States and Illegal Alcohol

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Prohibition

In the 1920’s America was becoming a more civilized nation, new inventions were created, new appliances, cars, and technology was advancing in many ways. One of America’s most costly amendments was the 18th amendment. Prohibition, the banning of alcoholic beverages, now the brewing, transportation and selling of this product was illegal, which put America in a weird situation.

The government had just stopped one of Americans most personal habits, “drinking.” The government thought that this would reduce crime, poverty, death rates, and improve both the economy and the quality of life for all Americans. These goals were obviously not achieved. Organized crime grew, also increased liquor consumption, massive murder rates and corruption among city officials was constantly happening.

Prohibition also hurt the economy because there were no taxes being issued to the illegal importation and exportation of the multi-billion dollar a year industry. Bootleggers like Al’ Capone made over a million dollars a year bootlegging alcohol. Prohibition was not enforced, making it easy for people to brew and sell the illegal alcohol. Even though Al’ Capone made a lot of money it was no question that one day he would get caught. Even when he did he was only on trial for not paying taxes. Capone died at age 41. Still these bootleggers bribed city officials making it more easy and efficient for them to transport and export the alcohol. The bootleggers profited every penny they made, while the city spent taxpayers money on programs to enforce this law.

Society was infuriated with this law; people started making alcohol beverages at their own home. Rural Cities brought their culture with them and didn’t care if it was illegal. More and more people relied in the bootleggers alcohol. Accidents and crimes were at a sky-high record, these things happened more when the amendment was in act. Believe it or not, everything was better off without prohibition.

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