Prohibition And The Prohibition Of Alcohol Essay

1496 Words Dec 9th, 2016 6 Pages
Throughout the nineteenth century moral reformers and prohibitionists worked tediously for the Prohibition of alcohol. At the time, many people believed that alcohol was responsible for all things wrong with society and the people in it. For example, alcohol was blamed for poverty, disease, insanity, degeneracy, and crime. American citizens thought that Prohibition would alleviate the destructive effects of alcohol and transform society and its citizens into law-abiding, pure, healthy, honest people. After Prohibition also known as “The Noble Experiment” was ratified, famous evangelist Billy Sunday is quoted as saying “The reign of tears is over. The slums will soon be only a memory. We will turn our prisons into factories and our jails into storehouses and corncribs. Men will walk upright now. Women will smile and children will laugh. Hell will forever be for rent.” 1 In Addition, moral reformists, prohibitionists, and citizens believed that through alcohol Prohibition a better future for America would be created, families would be happier, fewer industrial accidents would occur, and productivity would increase in the workplace. Unfortunately, Prohibition accomplished none of those things and instead a plethora of others problems arose. By the time Prohibition was repealed in 1933, the United States would still be basking in the problems Prohibition brought with it and prohibitionist, moral reformers, and American citizens would agree that Prohibition was a misguided…

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