Prohibition In The 1920s Essay

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The general public considers the 1920s to have been a good time for most Americans. The tasks set before us are to assess what we think of this time period, is the previous statement generally accurate, and to support our position on the statement.
In order to accurately make an assessment, let 's research the 1920s. The 1920s are remembered as the "Roaring Twenties," an age of tremendous social and political change, and also a rebellious age. For the first time, more Americans lived in cities than on farms. The nation 's total wealth more than doubled, sweeping Americans to an affluent but uncommon "consumer society." Don’t be mistaken, some things stayed as usual; people bought the same goods, listened to the same music, danced like normal,
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Prohibition is the illegal buying, selling, manufacture, and transport of liquor. The reasoning behind why prohibition was enforced is because it was thought to be the root of crime and sin. The theory was by stopping anything to do with alcohol, crime would disappear. Despite this theory, this actually RAISED crime levels. The obvious reason is because people wanted their alcohol, so they broke the law in knowing the consequences. There are certain terms for people/places that were involved with alcohol. The first term we will discuss is speakeasies. Speakeasies are the underground saloons that existed during prohibition. The second and last term we will discuss is bootleggers. Bootleggers are people who smuggled the illegal liquor. To prevent getting caught with the alcohol, the cars that bootleggers used to transport the alcohol had to look as normal, or stock, as possible. Also, the farmers who discovered gold in their moonshine had to transport it in order to make good on their newfound economy. The bootleggers accomplished the stock looking outside, while the interior of the cars had supercharged engines, heavy shocks and springs, and remarkable drivers. Since these cars had the power and stamina, on Sunday evenings bootleggers would go and race, which later created the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing, more commonly known as NASCAR. Two fun facts; many of the earliest NASCAR drivers were moonshine runners, a “bootleg,” is a speed spin in which the driver spins the rear end of the car around to dodge a pursuer, all the while not using the

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