The Effects Of Gambling On The United States Essay

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Gambling has had a long and deep-rooted history throughout time and even in the founding of the United States. Lotteries were used in the early American colonies to establish and fund themselves along with instituting famous universities, such as Harvard, Yale, and William and Mary to name a few. Beginning in the early 1900’s, states began banning gambling because of its association with corruption and violence. It has long been proposed that gambling from a Christian viewpoint is a sin because of the focus on the coveting of money and the attempt of quick and easy riches. As the character Davy in Robert Louis Stevenson’s book Kidnapped contemplates when asked to join in on a game of cards, “Now this was one of those things I had been brought up to eschew like disgrace; it being by my father neither the part of a Christian nor yet a gentleman to set his own livelihood and fish for that of others, on the cast of painted pasteboard.” Much has changed on the view of this vice, and since 2000, some form of legalized wagering is now allowed in forty-eight of the fifty US states, Utah and Hawaii the exceptions (Petry, Blanco, 2013, p.1032). What few people realize is that gambling can result in addiction, debt, illness, and family problems. One text cannot provide all the information, issues, studies, and answers, but the concepts can influence new research and interest in this area in the future.
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