Alcohol Prohibition

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  • 1. Prohibition of Alcohol

2. America goes dry! Jan. 16, 1919 President Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) Jan 29, 1919, the 18th Amendment achieved the necessary three-fourths majority of state ratification 1920 3. Origins Concerned citizens begun warning nearly 100 years earlier 1826 American Temperance Society founded WCTU 1893 anti-Saloon League 4. Enforcing Prohibition The law gave exactly one year to get rid of the remaining alcohol 5. "Intoxicating liquors" it did not dene "intoxicating liquors" or provide penalties. It granted both the federal government and the states the power to enforce the ban by "appropriate legislation." 6. Problems Arise Deaths in NY 1919-20: aprox. 70 1926: aprox. 700 7. Organized Crime Demand is higher than ever Illegal producers and benders of alcohol were known as bootleggers. They would make homemade liquor however they could, Off-the-graph prices Control of the market 8. Rum Runs Americans got tired of "bath tub" alcohol Alcohol traffic A. Canada Navy & Coast Guard vs. Rum Runner boats 9. Mafia Bribes "Turfs" Corruption in politics and law enforcement 10. Prohibition Ends 12/5/1933 failing fully to enforce sobriety and costing billions 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed and ratified, ending national Prohibition. Mississippi, the last dry state in the Union, ended Prohibition in 1966. 11. Started Clara Barton and acquaintances founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 188 first congressional charter in 1900 WWI 107 - 20mil 11mil influenza epidemic of 1918.

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