Prohibition: Cause and Effect

Laying Down the Law on Liquor

What was Prohibition?

Prohibition began in 1920 and was a period in U.S. history in which the manufacturing, sales and transportation of liquor was made illegal. During this period in time, speakeasies (establishments that sold alcohol illegally), glamor and gangsters were flourishing. It was a time when even the average citizen broke the law.

The Roaring Twenties: Gangsters, Liquor and Al Capone

Al Capone was a notorious gangster of this era. Using prohibition as an ally, he forged an empire in Chicago. At 26-year-olds, Capone was in charge of brothels, night clubs, dance halls, race tracks, gambling establishments, restaurants, speakeasies, breweries and distillieries. Capone was known for his generosity, he would frequently do things such as tip waiters $100 and opened some of the first soup kitchens during the Great Depression.