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Prohibition is the 18th amendment, which, outlawed the manufacture, distribution and transportation of alcohol. Contrary to popular belief, this led to a rise in organized crime. Prohibition was made in 1920 and only lasted 3 years, until 1933. Prohibition supporters, also called drys, believed that prohibition would decrease crime and increase public moral and health ("Al Capone n.p.).-Ronnie Parrott

Sam PastiBootlegging became very popular after prohibition was passed. Bootlegging is the illegal transport of alcoholic beverages. The earliest bootleggers began smuggling foreign-made commercial liquor into the United States from across the Canadian and Mexican borders and along the seacoasts from ships under foreign registry.("Bootlegging" n.p.)Sammy Pasti

Sam PastiWhy Prohibition?Prohibition in the United States was a measure designed to reduce drinking by eliminating the businesses that manufactured, distributed, and sold alcoholic beverages. The Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took away license to do business from the brewers and the wholesale and retail sellers of alcoholic beverages. ("Prohibitiong" n.p.)Sammy Pasti

Al Capone was one of Americas most notorious criminals. He became famous by profiting off of illegal bootlegging during prohibition. He is a symbol of organized crime. He commited multiple crimes including bootlegging and murder and was arrested and found guilty on charges of prohibition in June 1931 ("Prohibition n.p.).-Ronnie Parrott

Prohibition came to receive so much support that, in the years before World War I, 26 states had passed "dry laws." In 1920, the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. It prohibited the sale, manufacture, or transportation of alcoholic beverages in order to eliminate the consumption of alcohol by the general public.

The passage of the Eighteenth Amendment cut the consumption of alcohol, but it was far from successful in eliminating it. Organized crime and its accompanying violence received a major boost, providing a product that so many wanted and were willing to break the law to get. Speakeasies, where one could drink in social settings, flourished.


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