The 18th Amendment

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  • Topic: Prohibition in the United States, Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution, Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution
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The 18th Amendment , considered to be one of the biggest follies of the

nation, was brought about with the intent to sincerely help the U.S., but more

harm came from it than good. Prohibition, also known as the 18th Amendment ,

was ratified on January 29th, 1920 and was repealed on December 5th, 1933

with the ratification of the 21st Amendment which nullified prohibition.The 18th

Amendment stated that it was illegal to manufacture, transport, and sell alcoholic

beverages in the United States. It was said that the national prohibition of alcohol

was undertaken to reduce crime and corruption, solve social problems, reduce

the tax burden created by prisons and poorhouses, and improve health and

hygiene in America. This was a very good idea, but America went about it the

wrong way.

We, instead, created even more problems such as organized crime,

increased alcohol consumption, over crowded prison systems, and the up rise

of the Mafia. Not only was this a step in the wrong direction, it was an action

that increased the problems that the United States was already facing. People

believed that prohibition would fail and that it was a violation of a person's

privacy while other people thought that prohibition would do nothing but improve

the country. People who were against prohibition were called wets and people for

it were called drys. Wets mainly consisted of democrats who refused to stop

drinking and who were usually older men or immigrants who drank all their life.

The drys were usually republican Protestants who believed alcohol was evil and

that prohibition was the answer to societies problems. Well, the drys appeared

to be wrong because many problems surfaced as prohibition seemed to do

more harm than good. .

One problem was the increase of alcohol consumption. Alcohol

consumption did go down at the beginning of prohibition, but subsequently went

back up. Alcohol...
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