The Prohibition

By Bri, JD & Dylan

Events:

1919 (January, 16) - The 18th amendment is ratified.

1919 (October, 28) - The National Prohibition Act is passed.

Roy Olmstead- (1920’s) was originally a “dirty” police officer who learned the ins and outs of importing liquor illegally. Once he was fired from the police force he took up bootlegging and became the one of the most successful bootleggers in Northwest history. He was arrested November 17, 1924 but was later arrested again November 26, 1924 he was charged with an $8,000 fine and four years in McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary.

George Remus (1920’s) - One of the most successful lawyers in the Midwest. He gained interest in the bootlegging industry when he was defending bootleggers who had been charged for bootlegging and the immense amount of money his clients paid him to defend them. This drew him in like a moth to a flame and he started his own bootlegging empire. He named his empire The Circle. In 1925 Remus was arrested and indicted for violating the National Prohibition Act (3,000 times). He was sentenced to 2 years in federal prison. Then when he was released 2 years later he returned home and shot his wife and was found not guilty due to insanity.

The Purple Gang - One of the most aggressive bootlegging gangs of their time, they had killed over 500 members of rival gangs but they did much more than just bootlegging liquor for example hijacking extortion and stealing precious jewels. They reigned over Detroit form 1927- 1932. They ended up ending themselves in the late 1930’s.

1933 (December, 05) - The 21st amendment was passed officially ending the Prohibition.

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Citations:

- McClary, Daryl C. "Olmstead, Roy (1886- 1966) -- King of King County Bootleggers." History Link. 13 Nov. 2002. Web. 27 May 2015.

- "Prohibition." PBS. PBS. Web. 27 May 2015.

- "Purple Gang - Terrorizing Detroit in the 1920's." Purple Gang - Terrorizing Detroit in the 1920's. Web. 27 May 2015.

- "Prohibition." PBS. PBS. Web. 27 May 2015.