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Thirteen Years That Damaged America I have always taken an interest in the Roaring Twenties and that is why I decided to write my English term paper on an event that occured in the 1920s What follows is my term paper which concentrates on prohibition and why it was not effective namely because of lack of enforcement growth of crime and the increase in the drinking rate I hope this may be of some help to you Prohibition did not achieve its goals Instead it added to the problems it was intended to solve Thorton 15 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 as it was called because of its author Andrew J Volstead was put into effect This determined intoxicating liquor as anything having an alcoholic content of anything more than 05 percent omitting alcohol used for medicinal and sacramental purposes This act also set up guidelines for enforcement Bowen 154 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 economy and the quality of life National prohibition of alcohol -- the noble experiment -- was undertaken to reduce crime and corruption solve social problems reduce the tax burden created by prisons and poorhouses and improve health and hygiene in America Thorton 1 This however was undoubtedly to no avail The Prohibition amendment of the 1920s was ineffective because it was unenforceable it caused the explosive growth of crime and it increased the amount of alcohol consumption It is impossible to tell whether prohibition is a good thing or
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