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Prohibition had a lasting effect on the nation that is true but like many of my classmates I do not feel that the changes that the Volstead Act made to our country were positive ones I would like to give you some of the numerous facts Ive learned about the 18th Amendment that might persuade you to agree with me on the understanding that Prohibition did nothing to help our country First of all let us go over the things of which Prohibition was meant to resolve Our nations leaders thought alcohol was the basis for all things that were decadent and thus thought that by banning alcohol there would be a decline in the immoral activities going on in America Let me ask you the question now What exactly were these alleged immoral activities that were so disrupting to our society in the 1920s Crime is pretty much the only corrupt act that is coming to mind Prohibition was undertaken to slow the crime rates that were associated with alcohol Reality check Prohibition was completely unenforceable and by outlawing liquor the government turned drinking into an obsession with the American people The fact that people werent supposed to drink made it all that more appealing and some citizens realized that this ban could be turned into an easy profit Bootleggers or manufacturers of illegal alcohol formed their own organizations which turned into gangs of a sort Each gang had its own territory to cover and with each person trying to make a profit gang rivalry came about Well common sense will tell us that with an increase in gangs and illegal activity drinking that the crime rates arent exactly going to come to a sudden halt Let us look at the data collected over the prohibition period Statistics show that although the amount of beer drank by the public went down due to high pricing consumption of more intoxicating drinks arrests homicides
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