Alcohol And The Prohibition Era

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Since the beginning of the United States, alcohol has been apart of the US and it’s culture. During the colonial times of America people drank alcohol on a regular basis, but the colonists strong social views on drunkenness stopped many from drinking over moderation. The first controversy with alcohol and the US occurred after the Revolutionary War and was referred to as the Whiskey Rebellion. This rebellion was led by farmers who produced liquor who felt the taxing of alcohol was unfair. Another time period when the culture of alcohol changed was during the Industrial Revolution. During this time the view of alcohol changed from “good creature of God,” to “demon rum,” and the temperance movement started to emerge. Many organizations formed to support this movement to discourage the use of alcohol like the American Temperance Society, Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, the National Prohibition Party, and the Anti-Saloon League. The temperance movement began around the late 1820s and achieved its goal in 1917 when Congress approved the 18th amendment. The 18th amendment prohibited the manufacturing, selling, transportation, importation or …show more content…
This era in US history is popular for the terms and names like smuggling, bootlegging, and Al Capone. During this time period people would illegally make, sneak in, and sell liquor for a wealthy profit. The repeal of the 18th amendment or also known as the 21st amendment reallowed alcohol in the US. During this Post-Prohibition era states had various ages of the legal drinking age, most were set at 21 but some were lower. However by the late 1960s most states had lowered their drinking age to 18, which led to increase in alcohol related car accidents. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) 60% of all traffic fatalities were related back to alcohol. This public health crisis led to Ronald Reagan passing the Minimum Drinking Age Act in

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