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Our country has deliberately undertaken a great social and economic experiment noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose It must be worked out constructively President-elect Herbert Hoover 1928 The Eighteenth Article of Amendment to the Constitution is hereby repealed Twenty-first Amendment to the Constitution of the United States1933 The Prohibition despite its good intentions was wholly impractical Rather than create a dry America a moral environment free of liquor the ban on alcohol led to illegal bars or speakeasies where drinking became even more mod a new fad for the emerging youth with their looser morals as well as promoted gangs who saw the new demand as an avenue of income and entrepreneurialship At one point at his height before being arrested in 1931 for tax evasion Chicago gangster Al Capone was reputed to make more than 100 million a year From the Prohibition Party to the making of the Eighteenth Amendment right to the lifting of the amendment in 1933 the Prohibition did not achieve its goals Instead it added to the problems it was intended to solve Up to the Middle of the 19th century thered been two kinds of temperance groups- those who favoured total abstinence from alcohol who thought the right way the only safe way was to sign the pledge and never drink again Others felt it was enough to be temperate in the generic use of the word- that is moderate not drinking in excess Gradually temperance came to be in common usage synonymous with total abstinence Throughout the churches particularly the Baptist and the Methodist it was taken for granted that they stood for total abstinence But then they found that a man might sign the dry pledge and his friends would urge him to take a drink and he would weaken and yield to temptation and start in again So the idea grew that it wasnt enough to get individuals to take the total
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