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Per 6 1920s Prohibition

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Mike Carroccia   

Adam Rotondo

English III

Perod 6



     In December 1917, the 18th Amendment was passed by congress. This act was called Prohibition. On January 16th, 1920, all saloon, breweries, distilleries unfortunately were closed for a short period of time. The Prohibition was led by two groups of people named The Anti-Saloon League and The Women's Christian Temperance Union. Most people pleading the 18th amendment were women. Many women were concerned about their husbands drinking. In some families the result of husbands drinking were child abuse and wife beatings. People pleading the ban of drinking were arguing that it would eliminate corruption, end machine politics, and help Americanize immigrants. Even before the 18th amendment ratified, 65% of America had already banned alcoholic beverages.


     Enforcing the law was extremely hard. Many people were smugglin and bootlegging. Some people were making alcohol in their bath tubs. 7,000 people in New York were arrested for smuggling liquor.

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