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The 18th amendment put into effect prohibition of alcohol, also known as the Noble Experiment, has affected U.S. History in many ways. Although prohibition was supposed to lower crime rates it did not. It was never illegal to drink alcohol it was illegal to transport, manufacture, and sale. Organized crime came around and with organized crime came bootlegging of alcohol. The market of alcohol fell under control of mobsters such as Al Capone. Both federal and local governments tried to enforce the prohibition of alcohol but people still sold alcohol at nightclubs and even in stores. This went on throughout the decade, people knowingly breaking the law just to make money.

Prohibition not only failed to prevent the consumption of alcohol, but led to the production of dangerous unregulated and untaxed alcohol, the development of organized crime, increased violence, and political corruption.

Although Prohibition was repealed 75 years ago, there are still hundreds of counties that ban alcohol across the United States today.

The Ku Klux Klan supported Prohibition and its strict enforcement

By the time Prohibition was repealed, 800 gangsters in the City of Chicago alone had been killed in bootleg related shootings. And thousands of citizens were killed, blinded, or paralyzed as a result of drinking contaminated bootleg alcohol

The 18th Amendment is the only constitutional amendment that has been repealed by another amendment (the 21st Amendment).


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