By: Isabelle, Christopher, Erin and Shannon
What is Prohibition?
Bootleggers would smuggle alcohol across the border, and bring it to the USA. Usually gangsters would hire these bootleggers to do the job for them. Al Capone was one of the most famous gangsters in Chicago.
Women's Temperance Society
Statistics of alcohols destructiveness:
a.) the majority of beer drinkers die from "dropsie" (edema or swelling)
b.) New York alone had about 30,000 speakeasies including public leaders who disregarded the law.
c.) The consumption dropped from 4.5 milion to 2 million in 1917 to 1919 consuming alcohol.
Also, right after the ratification of the 18th amendment, organizations formed to repeal it, and one of their most used arguments was that alcohol consumption was a local issue and not something that should be in the Constitution.