Prohibition_DBQ_Essay - Nguyen 1 Kammy Nguyen Ms McBrayer...

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Nguyen 1Kammy NguyenMs. McBrayerAmerican History II14 October 2019Prohibition DBQOver the past several decades, the consumption of alcohol has always been a controversial topic that is associated with contrasting emotions, views, and thoughts. Since the beginning of time, there has been an ongoing debate on whether the United States government made the right decision in enacting a prohibition of alcohol in the early twentieth century. While urban Americans believed that it was an encroachment on the individual rights of people, rural Americans opposed that idea and thought drinking led to crime as well as other social problems. Moreover, the excessive use of alcohol was largely responsible for the emergence of crimes, as well as the increased risk of violence and injury in the 1920s. Ever since alcohol was introduced to society, people have been more susceptible to finding themselves in hazardous situations. Especially since drinking was a big part of the cultural society in several big cities, thefreedom to drink became an unlawful action, making many citizens criminals. Continuing, the association between alcohol and the occurrence of troublesome situations is further exemplified in Document A, when Thomas West, a businessman states, “...industries that are called upon to work men at night time especially should be free from the danger of quarreling, trouble, strikes and accidents due to the existence of near-by saloons.” This snippet portrays the severity of alcohol and emphasizes the reasoning behind why this was considered to be one of the root

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