Heather Connelly

The Law

Prohibition was when selling, making, and transporting alcohol was illegal. It was added to the Constitution as the 18th Amendment.


Speakeasies were secret bars and night clubs that were around during prohibition. They sold alcoholic beverages illegally. The only way you could get into one of these is if you knew the password or had a card. Most people didn't like prohibition, so they would secretly attend these at night, breaking the law.


The gangsters of the 1920's controlled liquor sales and did a lot of gambling during the prohibition period. Not only did they do these, but they also killed people. To kill them, the gang would line up and shoot at the rival gang. They were very violent criminals. The most known famous gangster of the 1920's was Al Capone, also known as Scarface. It was estimated that he made nearly 100 million dollars from all the crime he did.


Before the 1920's, you would never see a woman with short hair, smoking, and hanging in bars. That all changed when the 1920's came around. Women had finally gotten their right to vote, and after getting that privilege, they changed a lot. The all decided to cut their hair incredibly short, wear shorter squirts, lower cut blouses, and wear lots of jewelry and makeup. Instead of being in the house with the children, you would see them out at the bars smoking, drinking, and dancing. They were known as flappers. They were women who stepped out of the house and enjoyed themselves, something that they never would have done years prior.

Works Cited

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"How Prohibition Changed Women's Relationship to Alcohol." Drinking Diaries How Prohibition Changed Women's Relationship to Alcohol Comments. Drinking Diaries, n.d. Web. 15 May 2016.

"Prohibition and Depression Era Gangsters and Outlaws." Prohibition and Depression Era Gangsters and Outlaws. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2016.

"Flapper Lifestyle." Flappers of the 1920's. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2016.