The Roaring Twentie's Society

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The Roaring Twentie's Society

The Roaring Twentie's Society

BootleggingBootlegging is used to descibre the smuggling, sale, or moving of illegal goods. It was first used during Prohbition to descibe the illegal alcohol that was sneaked into the country, usually from Canada or the Bahamas. The word "bootlegging" came from the fact that the people would put the illegal alcohol in a flask and hide it in their boot. Bootleggers, sometimes known as "Rum Runners", would use high speed boats to smuggle the illegal alcohol into the United States. The term bootlegging is now used to describe the selling or moving of any illegal stuff such as videos and CDs.

Proibition and the 18th AmendmentWomen had the short end of the stick with alcohol being drank by men, such as the women got beaten and had little to no money of their own. The women's crusade, a project that hoped to inprove society especiallly the conditions of women living in it,led the temperance movement. They hoped that no drinking at all would inprove society and women's living conditions. The temprance movement winning caused Prohibition. Even though it was the law Americans still drank illegal booze. This caused an unseen after effect. The rise of gangsters like Al Capone who sold bootleg alcohol, an increase in violence caused by the bootlegging and gangsters, and an increase of speakeasies to sell the bootleg alcohol to Americans. Then in 1932 the 21st amendment allowed the drinking in alcohol.

SpeakeasiesWhile the police closed the bars around the country, speakeasies, which are illegal bars, started to be established. They were given a special name for the need to whisper, or "speak esay" as people tried to gain entry. A secret knock or signal was needed to get through the door. From the outside the speakeasy looked like an apartmant, deli or store. On the inside there was lots of alcohol and shows with singers, bands and stage acts. Thousands of speakeasies opened around the country. Most were in major cities. In New York City, the borough of Manhattan had 5,000 speakeasies alone. To compete with each other, music became an important way to attract customers. There was now lots of work for jazz muscians. Speakeasies caused Prohibition to do the opposite of what it was supposed to do. Women, who did not normally drink in bars, went to speakeasies to drink. The whole period was called the "Jazz Age" because of the music, the drinking, and the loosening of morals all in diffiance of the Prohibition law.

Works Cited"Jazz: A History of America's Music/Speakeasies." PBS.PBS, n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2015. . New World Encyclopeda. N.p., 18 Feb. 2013. Web. 22 Mar. 2015. . shmoop. Shmoop University, 2015. Web. 16 Mar. 2015. .

By Eddie S.


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