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A Look At The Moral Crisis Of The 1920s Specifically: Prohibition, Fundamentalism, And The New Women Known As "Flappers".

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After World War One was over, everyone was happy that they could go back to their country in peace. Everyone was spending, people were working, almost everyone was (relatively) happy. However, there were people that were not so happy. There were those who wanted to stop funding the Germans with the proceeds from their beer. There were those wanted the opportunity to tell differing views on creation in their classrooms. Also, most notably, there were women who were tired of being forced to be housewives and demanded to be treated as equals among the men. The crisis in values that occurred during the 1920's, as insignificant as it might seem today, forced Americans to reshape their way of thinking and make changes that left important effects on the years to come.Contrary to common opinion, prohibition was not created to stop drinking. There were already laws against intoxication and many dry areas around the country (dry meaning in alcohol - not in water.) Also, drinking was on the decline. There were two main points to prohibition: preventing foreign enemies from profiting, Americanizing immigrants, and shutting down the saloon. "It was designed to kill the liquor business in general and the saloon in particular; but at the same time the amendment was not designed to prohibit either the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages." (Kuzirian 178) Of course, (in a perfect world) this would've ended drinking completely, but that was just a side effect.During the 1920's and before, most of the nations liquor was made in foreign lands or by foreigners in the United States. The Irish made most of the whiskey, Germany controlled most of the beer industry, and Austro-Hungarians controlled the wine industry north, in Canada. Much of the agenda of prohibitionists was to stop the profiting of these groups because of nationalistic views. The fact that Germany was our enemy during World War I was the biggest problem, though. "Why allow disloyal German-Americans to run their breweries during the war or after it, for that matter?" (Kuzirian 177)Unlike the common perception, saloons weren't just hang outs where laborers went to relax and get free lunch. Actually, saloons were far more unsavory than that; they were a central location for prostitution, crime, and most were the backbone of the political machines. It's no wonder that people wanted these awful places closed by any means necessary. Also, the government wanted to Americanize the immigrants (especially the Irish, obviously), which included getting them to: hold a steady job, and not spending all their time in the pub/saloon.If "The Great Experiment" had been a success, then our country would have probably been a much different and productive place. However, it was obvious that it was impossible to separate the Irish from their whiskey, and by the end of the 1920's, it was obvious that prohibition was not going to work. In the words of a great philosopher, "You don't need a weather man to know which...

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