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The 1920s could be described as the coming of age of modern America Through technology arts sport and science American culture was shaped in a 10-year period Faster music looser morals and skimpy dress all contributed to the end of our nations adolescence However there was one factor that would later define the 1920s prohibition Seemingly with a coming of age also came intelligence As one faction of society pushed for looser morale another group was right behind them leading the charge against social evils The main objective of these groups was to do away with social evil by putting an end to its source alcohol Prohibition contributed to the prosperity of the 1920s by leading America on a dry path to overall well being reducing alcohol production plummeting alcohol consumption and promoting health Prohibition was first put into affect by an Amendment to the Constitution in 1919 However America had been on a crusade towards perfectionism in human beings since the time of the abolition of slavery Starting on a local level dry movements arose and pressed legislators for restrictions on the sale of alcohol As their success became evermore numerous and more organized various states adopted prohibition law from 1906-13 This then led to an organized campaign for national prohibition law Powerful groups like the Anti-Saloon League which began their national campaign in 1913 convinced Americans that alcohol consumption and liquor trafficking were gigantic evils Ohio State University Department of History ASL 1 The Anti-Saloon league was very effective in the distribution of propaganda that would persuade America to support the dry cause With such a strong support base the Volstead Act the national prohibition act was proposed as a resolution in 1917 and was granted the necessary 23 majority vote in congress the speediest adoption of a constitutional amendment ever Then each state individually ratified the amendment on Jan 29 1919 and it went into effect on
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