Prohibition was a very interesting era that lasted from 1919 to 1933 (Ian Tyrell). It was a time where crime was at its highest. People where breaking the rules like never before. Drinking was a tradition Americans have been doing for many generations. Putting a ban on this substance seemed to many an injustice. They felt as if the government were taking their rights away. Prohibiting this drink may have caused things to go for worse.
Alcohol has been socially acceptable for many years. It’s always used for ceremonies or celebrations. Without this substance a party would never be a party. Prohibition was not ever going to work. Many Americans kept drinking even if it was outlawed. They went out of their way to obtain this drink. If you tell a person not to do something they're going to do it. So if you told Americans not to drink, they eventually will.
I think it’s just a human instinct to things that make you feel good. A lot of people feel as if alcohol helps them. It can ease stress and help you get rid of those negative thoughts. Prohibition was never going to work in the first place. The government was interfering in people's lives. It was supposed to be one of the most peaceful times in American history. Alcohol was banned so you would think not many Americans would be getting crazy. But things would get out of control because of our need for alcohol.
Many Protestants and women organizations were against alcohol (Ian Tyrell). They felt as if this liquid was Satan’s drink. People would act out on their actions on this substance. Many workers were also getting drunk while working. The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union also campaigned against alcohol (About.com). They thought that husbands were beating their wives because of this liquid. The union also wanted to reduce domestic violence in a home (About.com). Mostly northern states were first introduced to banning alcohol (Ian Tyrell). But it would soon spark a flame throughout the country.
The government thought that banning alcohol would improve the health of Americans and reduce crime rates (Ian Tyrell). It was also supposed to bring down the poverty and death rates (Ian Tyrell). The brewing and distilling industries were also disrupting wartime activities (About.com). To settle this conflict, the 18th Amendment was finally passed by congress (About.com).
The 18th amendment would take licenses away from every brewer, distiller, wholesaler and retailer (About.com). This amendment did, however, allow people to possess alcohol in their houses. President Hoover still allowed Americans to drink through the Volstead Act. The Volstead Act allowed 0.5 percent alcohol use for medicinal & sacramental purposes (ProhibitionRepeal.com).
Americans were going to their local physician to use liquor “medicinally” (About.com). These medicinal alcohol supplies were also get stolen by bootleggers (About.com). Instead of reaching the pharmacy, many of the drivers would take the alcohol somewhere else...