The corrupt, inefficient enforcement and subsequent repeal of Prohibition inarguably demonstrated the difficulties involved in regulating personal behavior in the absence of a moral consensus. Popular culture has made Prohibition — in particular its flouting — seem like good, old-fashioned fun. But Okrent noted that our prevailing images of flappers, speakeasies, and liquor-impounding lawmen should be supplemented by darker ones of murdered rum runners and victims of poisoned hooch. In fact, she argues, Prohibition prepared the way for New Deal innovations, as the country increasingly looked to the federal government for social and economic solutions. One link — to the war on drugs — seems incontrovertible.
‘The War on Alcohol,’ by Lisa McGirr
‘The War on Alcohol’ by Lisa McGirr - The Boston Globe
In what ways was the 18th Amendment Prohibition both a conservative and a radical law? How did religion, immigration, and race play a factor in the support for, and passage of, and enforcement of the amendment? Choose ONE to explain how the citizens of that region responded to Prohibition, and how authorities in that region enforced Prohibition. Explain how the enforcement of Prohibition was different for the upper class and the working class. How did race play a role? Explain how the prohibition of alcohol lead to the prohibition of illicit drugs in the United States.
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For much of his life, Gerrit Smith was one of the most prominent abolitionists in America, a distinction he retained until , when the end of the Civil War and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery, made abolitionists obsolete. The occasion was the founding of a new political party, and Smith delivered the keynote speech. The Prohibition Party, as it was called, never became a major electoral force. In the fourteen years between its adoption and its repeal, in , many Americans—especially those who had conducted personal research into the compatibility of happiness and intoxication—wondered how Prohibition had come to pass.
My great-grandfather Vincenzo negotiated Prohibition by fermenting two barrels of wine a year. It was perfectly legal, he insisted. Vincenzo was lucky to be a New Yorker. The law spawned crime, shootouts and a kind of gangster romance embodied by Jay Gatsby. Worse, drinking became hip.