The Fight Against "Demon Rum"

AKA Prohibition

What is Prohibition?

  • Prohibition: a law or regulation of forbidding something
  • Alcohol was banned
  • Was practiced from 1919 to 1933

Why and How?

  • Why was alcohol banned? And Who?
  • Protestant ministers, progressive politicians, or people who believed it would better the nation
  • World War I was one of the reasons why it was adopted. People believe that making alcohol was not protecting those at war
  • Prohibition started when the Eighteenth Amendment was ratified
  • Eighteenth Amendment: the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages was outlawed


  • alcohol consumption decreased
  • decrease in alcohol related death
  • family savings increased


  • not enough federal funds to enforce it
  • gaping loopholes in the Volstead Act
  • allowed possession of alcohol for medical uses or small amounts for home use
  • Near Beer allowed (no alcohol in beer), but to make it you must put alcohol in it first, so there was no way to know if taken out
  • strength of the alcoholic beverages increased which had unforeseen consequences such as blindness or death
  • increase in illegal activities

Al Capone

  • famous Chicago Mobster
  • greatest symbol of the collapse of law and order
  • grew up in New York and member of multiple gangs
  • controlled speakeasies, bookie joints, gambling houses, brothels, horse and race tracks, nightclubs, distilleries and breweries
  • Speakeasies: not-so-secret-bars hidden from public view
  • notorious killing was the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, on February 14, 1929
  • men fired more than 150 bullets into the seven victims
  • arrested for income tax invasion

The Prohibition ENDS!

  • multiple reasons led up to the end
  • economics doomed prohibition
  • prohibition an abomination
  • Twenty-First Amendment: repealing the practice once and for all

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