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  • The 18th Amendment banned the manufacture, transportation, and sale of intoxicating liquors but it was later repealed by the 21st Amendment.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." A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2016

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


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