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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.
- Spring '11