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Failure Of Prohibition In The Us

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There were various reasons why the enforcing of Prohibition failed. I will talk about what lead to Prohibition, what it consisted of, and what I think the reasons it failed were.The Anti-Saloon League (a society formed in opposition to drinking alcohol) as a result of World War I had a chance to put their ideas forward with more influence than before. They had various arguments on why there should be no drinking of alcohol, such as: Drinking alcohol is wicked and immoral, alcohol should be banned from religious grounds, alcohol is ...view middle of the document...

The question is, why did Prohibition fail if it had so many reasons for it to be successful? I will give several reason which point out the failure of Prohibition: Prisons could not cope with the number of offenders, the number of enforcement agents was low - less than 3,000 in 1930, enforcement agents were poorly made and therefore open to bribery, many Americans did not agree with Prohibition, and were prepared to defy it, 'Bootleggers' smuggled in alcohol across the Canadian and Mexican borders, or from the West Indies and the Bahamas, the United States had around 29,000 kilometers of coastline for the enforcement agents to patrol, as well as a population of 125 million potential alcohol-drinkers to contend with, gangsters such as Al Capone thrived on the massive demand for alcoholic drink that was created by making it illegal and 'Speakeasies' (illegal secret saloons were served) became very popular. By 1929, New York City had 32.000 speakeasies. In other words, there was no way Prohibition would work with so many counter backs.To conclude, despite the rise of Al Capone and other gangsters, it was not until the period between 1932 and 1933 that Prohibition was brought to an end, not working at all.

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