U.S. Prohibition (1920-33)


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U.S. Prohibition (1920-33)



Prohibition began in the United States in January 1920, after the 18th Amendment became effective, making the manufacture and sale of alcohol now illegal.

Bootleggers found inventive ways of manufacturing and selling liquor. They created homemade ‘moonshine’ or “bathtub gin” and smuggled it into cities and bars.

Some bars became ‘speakeasies’ . In order to sell illegal alcohol they were secret.

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  1. The real truth is linked to your robber baron video. Rockefeller – having founded Standard Oil, needed the government to ban the manufacture of alcohol so that he could gain an edge on the installation of his petroleum infrastructure. Back then, alcohol was not only drank but also helped fuel the infrastructure of rural America. Farmers grew apples in the back 40 and created apple jack – a form of ethanol – to run their tractors, to fuel their lanterns, etc. That's why Henry Ford made sure that the Model T ran on both – gas and alcohol – to be able to sell to the urban AND rural areas (the Model T was the first true "flex fuel" vehicle, by shoring up on the choke to be able to switch from gas to alcohol). With the passing of Prohibition, Rockfeller had 11 years to make sure that the gasoline infrastructure was installed out into the rural areas and those areas became dependent upon gasoline production instead of alcohol production. It wasn't church ladies that convinced a cigar smoking, whiskey drinking Congress to ban production … it was money from powerful men like Rockefeller.

  2. Prohibition not only fueled the power of the mafia and bootleggers, it also fueled the creation of what would later become NASCAR with people modifying their vehicles to outrun LEO.

  3. What would happen as if guns are outlawed in the nation. Could be the same as this. And yeah, also the mass shooters would just purchase it illegally and would increase more than legally purchase when about to shoot massively.

  4. It’s funny because if you take away firearms the same exact thing will happen. Organized crime will skyrocket with the illegal arms trade and lots and lots of people will die because of it

  5. You forgot the one good argument I ever heard for Prohibition, the only one to make some sense. Alcohol comes from grains or potatoes etc. People are starving to death or impoverished and hungry – while we make poison to have fun! If all the food that went to booze was eaten, nobody would starve. I'm 100% about freedom and personal responsibility – but I agree.

  6. It's so funny that the Americans stopped the production of alcohol in order to save grain for the war effort while here in Germany men who worked in a brewery couldn't be conscripted to the army since here the production of beverages was considered to be part of the national war effort.

  7. No mention of the involvement of anti immigrant groups such as the KKK who tried to stop in come of, or chase out, what they saw as undesirable groups – Catholics, Germans, etc – by manipulating alcohol law to the theoretical detriment of their cultures i.e. wine during mass, cultural drinking traditions, etc.

    No mention of industrialist who supported the movement because unionisation was centered in saloons and they were worried about dents to their profits caused by having to pay decent wages.

    Prohibition was not a policy supported by the masses but a policy forced upon them by a coalition of reprehensible elements – religious zealots, racists, greedy capitalists. They were also joined by elements of the emerging suffrage movement fighting against domestic violence who understandably took any allies they could find.

    Prohibition failed because the people didn't want it prior to, during, or after it's implementation.

  8. Eliot Ness was a member of the volstad agency and didn't bring down Al Capone. He only managed to annoy him. It was an IRS investigator who brought Capone down.

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