The Prohibition In The 1920's

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Who doesn’t like to have a bottle of cold beer after a hard day? Unfortunately, people in 1920s to early 1930s couldn’t, because the United States’ government prohibited alcoholic beverages. The government’s intention was to reduce crime rate and to make the America a healthier society. However, the outcome of the prohibition wasn’t the result that the government expected. A group of people named bootleggers started to sell alcoholic beverages illegally in a secret bar known as the speakeasies. Since the bootlegging was highly beneficial, it attracted many money hungry people to become bootleggers. In case, bootleggers with more power tried to seize local bootlegging business to maximize their profit which wasn’t done peacefully. Bootlegging …show more content…
In 1919, the year when the 18th amendment was passed, the estimated death from alcohol decreased from 270,000 to 100,000. The death from alcohol decreased about two years, but the death from alcohol started increasing again in 1921 and reached its highest having about 400,000 deaths from alcohol. The death rate from alcohol makes a point that the prohibition didn’t just increase the alcohol consumption of the America, but also opened door for illegal but lucrative jobs for gangsters. For instance, before prohibition, Cleveland had 1,200 legal bars where you can buy alcoholic beverages. But after the prohibition was passed, Cleveland had about 3,600 speakeasies, which is more than twice the number of legal bars that they had. Despite of the countless number of speakeasies growing, not many speakeasies weren’t raided and faced criminal charges. The state and local police force not just received briberies, but also participated in the bootlegging business. Due to the corruption of the government, enforcing illegal trading of alcohols were almost impossible and gave more opportunity for the gangsters to grow more …show more content…
Valentine’s Day Massacre was attack from gang lead by a man name Alphonse Gabriel Capone, also known as Al Capone, who wanted to get rid of his rival gang lead by George "Bugs" Moran. Al Capone’s gang raided SMC Cartage Co. garage which was used for illegal business for Moran’s gang and they lined up seven of the gangsters and open fired them. All the seven men died in this accident but nobody was sent to jail from the incident. This event shocked the nation and the fear of gangs amplified as more vicious gang activities were on the news. If the prohibition wasn’t passed, the most of the Americans wouldn’t be identified as criminals and would have gave less chances for nefarious people such as Al Capone to possess tremendous power and use it to harm the society and put people into

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