Prohibition in the 1920s

Josh, Kailey, and Matthew

What happened during prohibition

  • The 18th Amendment banned the manufacture, transportation, and sale of intoxicating liquors but it was later repealed by the 21st Amendment.
  • Prohibition in the 1920s was supposed to lower crime and corruption, lower taxes needed to support prisons, and improve the overall health of America.
  • Prohibition led to increased gang violence and the illegal selling of alcohol.
  • Illegal production and sale of liquor was also known as bootlegging and people would go to illegal drinking spots called speakeasies.
  • Police would raid speakeasies, but more of them would open up every time one of them closed.
  • Prohibition made a mockery of the justice system because members of the Police and government violated the laws prohibition passed.
  • Many Bootleggers made low quality liquors that led to many people getting alcohol poisoning.
  • President Harding kept the White House stocked with Bootlegged liquor.
  • Large quantities of alcohol was smuggled from Canada, over land and over the Great Lakes.
  • The 18th Amendment only banned the production, transport, and sale of liquor, but did not ban the consumption, so many places that already had liquor still served it legally.


"Prohibition." History.com A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2016

"Prohibition." PBS.org PBS, 2011. Web. 11 Jan. 2016

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