By: Kelly Huben and Karina Mata

The Culture of Prohibition

The Culture of Prohibiton startred when the conservitive rural areas and the liberal city areas started to argure about advancements in America. Many people living in rural areas felt threatened by the new American ways. Soon alcohol rules/organizations were made and in 1919 the 18th amendment was passed banning alcohol.

The Laws That Made Prohibition

By the early 1900s the clash between conservitive rural areas and liberal city areas had grown much over the past years. The conservitive rural areas felt threatend by the new liberal look in cites. They set up many organizations against alcohol in particular. Then in 1919 the 18th amendment was ratified making the manufacture, sale, and transportaion of alcohol illegal. To insure this law was enforced Congress made the Volstead Act.

The rural areas strongly supported prohibition but, the cities did not. In order to get alcohol people would make it in there bathtubs or homes. Eventually the people realized that Prohibition was not working. In 1933 the 21st amendment was ratified repealing the 18th amendment.

"Dry and Wet Counties"

When the prohibition came to be there was people for and against it. Those groups were called dry or wet counties. Dry counties are the people who supported prohibition. Wet counties are those who opposed it. 10% of the area of the US is dry.

Ways People Rebeled


The prohibition act made more crimes come in place such as bootlegging. Bootlegging is making and selling illegal alcohol. Members of organized crimes would use bootlegging for their profits to gain influence in businesses, labor, and unions and government. There were also rum runners same as bootlegging.


Speakeasy are hidden bars and high proof hideaways. Speakeasy are for the people who are rich and want to drink. People would need a password to get in and the doors are not visible only to the people that know its there. Al Capone owned most of the speakeasies. Also he usually made speakeasy to take peoples money and make profit for himself.

Al Capone

As cities rebeled against the new Prohibition laws the crime levels rose. Capone was a gangster in Chicago who encouraged illegal alcohol activity. He made millions annually for running bootlegging and speakeasies. He was the most famous ganster in Chicago and was involved in alcohol, prostitution, and violence.