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Sample answers to the question: "Characterize the speakeasies of the Prohibition era." Sample A My grandfather used to go to a speakeasy. That's where I first found out what they were. According to him, they were great fun. He had to use a password to get like "orange blossom." Once he got in there, he used to gab with the guys and especially the women; at least that is what he says. He'd get high on bathtub gin. There were a lot of speakeasies in those days. Police raided them unless they were paid not to_ There was lots of corruption and graft and that's why the speakeasy flourished. I've heard there's one in Steven's Point, but I don't see how that could be because they only had them in' Prohibition. Sample B Scribbled Plan: Definition Cause Numbers Characteristics . Place Food and drink Police protection Clientele Speakeasy was the word used to describe an establishment, which sold liquor during Prohibition. The speakeasy replaced restaurants and nightclubs as a social gathering spot . after passage of the 18th Amendment. By the early 1930's, the low point
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Unformatted text preview: of the depression, there were over 200,000 in the U.S. A typical speakeasy was located in a drab backroom or basement, with the usual locked door and peephole. If food was served, it was of low quality, as was the liquor, and both were overpriced. The money thus obtained was used, in part, to buy protection from the police. A person could not only drink without fear of being arrested, but might even find himself rubbing elbows with an officer who was "on the take." Another characteristic of the speakeasy was its middle class appeal. The rich could afford to buy from bootleggers and stock up cat home. - The poor had -to-hold off. However, the-middle-class drinkers could get their liquor, and entertainment, at prices they could still afford in a speakeasy. With the repeal of Prohibition, the speakeasy died. The illegal bar today finds too much competition from licensed taverns and too few policemen offer protection....
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2011 for the course LEARNING L 110 taught by Professor Afrancis during the Spring '11 term at Community College of Philadelphia.

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