Mob Involvement with Prohibition Essay

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Mob Involvement with Prohibition



Mob Involvement with Prohibition

In 1917 Congress passed the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution which prohibited the
export, import, manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages in the United
States. This new law is believed to have had the greatest effect on the twenties creating
a feeling of rebellion and wild behavior. Many people thought this law violated there
right to live by their own standards and have a good time. The Volstead Act passed by
Congress set up penalties to all violators of the Eighteenth Amendment.

Prohibition is one of the best things ever done by the United States Government. It
single-handedly created new business opportunities and brought people together like never
before. It had also created a booming new industry, and created a new way of life for
many people. Unfortunately, none of these things were good things. The new business
opportunities were all in the organized crime realm. With the banning of alcohol they saw
an incredible boom in business. No longer did they have to rely on robbery, brothels and
cons. There was a whole new business out there and it was making millions.

Prohibition also united the American people more than anything since the World War.
Everyone, from the poor to the rich, united to break the law. Even the police, yeah sure
they will serve and protect, unless they find a better deal. The police were letting
alcohol be made and sold right under their noses. The rich buy the booze to spice up
their parties and the poor spend their time and money in bootleggers houses getting drunk.
Rarely do the rich and the poor agree on anything. But, prohibition contributed to an
increased sense of community and neighborly love.

Prohibition also brought big business to the small businessman. Alcohol making used to
be done by all the large companies. With prohibition the big companies were put out and
the small businesses had to meet the demand. This was what I was referring to earlier by
creating a huge business opportunities for the hard-working little guy, rather than the
large corporations. I suppose you could venture to say prohibition was like a modern time
welfare. By saying this I mean rather than making the rich richer and the poor poorer,
prohibition helped the poor lift themselves from poverty without the help of the rich.
Also prohibition had many benefits beyond the obvious. Instead of staying home and
getting drunk men and women alike could get drunk in the company of other men. They can
even get drunk with the local police officer. This contributed to trust within the
community and a trust of authority figures.

Now, not only did the little guy see a business opportunity but the mob did too, and their
involvement was getting strong. This was bad for the little guy because, what the mob did
is, they would say to the little guy, you will sell your alcohol to me and I’m not paying
more than (whatever) for it. Then they would make the bootlegger sell at a loss for them.
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