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In the 1920s Alcohol was made illegal by Prohibition The result Organized Crime Criminals jumped at the chance to supply the demand for liquor The streets became battlegrounds The criminals bought off law enforcement and judges The Prohibition gave way to the growth of professional criminal gangs Prohibition was meant to reduce the consumption of alcohol seen by some as the devils advocate and thereby reduce crime poverty death rates and improve the quality of life Instead of accomplishing these things the Prohibition was ineffective because it was unenforceable increased the amount of alcohol consumed and most important caused an explosive growth of crime On Midnight of January 16 1920 one of the personal habits and customs of most Americans suddenly came to a halt The Eighteenth Amendment was put into effect and all importing exporting transporting selling and manufacturing of intoxicating liquor was put to an end Shortly following the enactment of the Eighteenth Amendment the National Prohibition Act or the Volstead Act was put into effect The determined intoxicating liquor as anything having an alcoholic content of anything more than 05 percent omitting alcohol used for medicinal purposes The Volstead Act also set up guidelines for enforcement of the new laws against alcohol After the Volstead Act was put into place to determine specific laws and methods of enforcement the Federal Prohibition Bureau was formulated in order to see that the Volstead Act was enforced Nevertheless these laws were flagrantly violated by bootleggers and commoners alike Bootleggers smuggles liquor from overseas and Canada stole it from government warehouses and also produced their own Many people hid their liquor in hip flasks hollow canes false books and anything else they could find There were also illegal speak-easies which replaced saloons after the start of Prohibition By 1925 there were over 100000 speak-easies in New York City alone The illegal liquor business fell under control of organized gangs which overpowered most of the
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