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“Prohibition I. The Eighteenth Amendment A. The Prohibition Experiment 1. One Vigorous clash between small-town and big-city Americans began on earnest. a. the amendment, which prohibited the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages, launched the era known as Prohibition. i.) January 1920 2. Reformers had long considered liquor a prime cause of corruption. a. it was thought that too much drinking led to crime, wife and child abuse, accidents on the job, and other serious social problems. i.) Anti-Saloon League b. The woman’s Christians Temperance Union, which considered drinking a sin. i.) native-born Protestants 3. Saloons closed their doors, and arrest for drunkenness declined. a. After WWI, many Americans were tired of making sacrifices; they wanted to enjoy life. i.) “trying to dry up the Atlantic with a post-office blotter” 4. Prohibition’s fate was sealed by the government, which failed to budget enough men and money to enforce the law.
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