Prohibiton Was A Failure Essay

This essay has a total of 1558 words and 7 pages.

Prohibiton Was A Failure

Prohibition Was A Failure!
Alcohol is illegal! "The reign of tears is over. The slums will soon be a memory. We will
turn our prisons into factories and our jails into storehouses and corncribs. Men will
walk upright now; women will smile and children will laugh. Hell will be forever rent"
(Thorton 9). The Eighteenth Amendment of the Constitution went into effect on January 16,
1920, with three-fourths vote from congress (Boorstin 994). The National Prohibition of
Alcohol was adopted to solve social problems, reduce the crime rate, stop corruption and
minimize the tax burden created by prisons. Some immediate results of the amendment
included organized crime and the corruption of public officials. As time went on, the
stock market crashed, the Great Depression began, and people no longer viewed Prohibition
as a question of moral values and standards, but as economics. Because of the economic
repercussions that our country endured during the thirteen years of Prohibition, the
Eighteenth Amendment was finally repealed. (Thorton 1).

In the beginning of Prohibition, many small-time bar owners and middlemen created
bootlegging services that provided illegal alcohol. Most of these people never gained a
great deal of income from it, but with the rough economic times of the 1920's,
particularly in the later part of the decade, any extra source of funds was another way to
provide for one's family. Despite the minimal success of these men, there was the
occasional exception who made millions of dollars on illegal and legal distribution.

Al Capone is possibly the most famous example of all American mobsters. He was raised in
Brooklyn and acquired the knowledge of petty crime at a young age. His underground mob
scene arose after his move to Chicago, where he worked his way and eventually became the
strongest underground mobster in the area. When the Prohibition started, Capone's gang
began running underground bootleg services all over the city of Chicago in abandoned
office buildings, bars, and nightclubs. By the end of the 1920's, Capone's illegal
alcoholic deliveries were making him more than $20 million a year. Because of all this
fame and fortune, Capone started gaining underground political power as well as an
extensive underground crime organization. Capone had agreements with Mayor Bill Thompson
of Chicago, that he would run and direct the politics, police, and federal enforcement
agencies of Chicago County. Throughout all of the liquor traffic, murder, and burglary,
the only charge the police ever caught him for was tax evasion. He served eleven years in
prison and died soon after his release of syphilis.

Yet another bootlegger profiting from Prohibition was a young German, George Remus. Remus
was a small convenience storeowner from Chicago when Prohibition started. He began by
illegally selling gallons of liquor to select customers. As word spread, and the demand
for alcohol grew, the number of "select" customers rapidly grew into a large clientele.
Remus soon earned enough profits to branch out and open a number of stores with an
unlimited supply of alcohol.

A revision was soon passed which permitted the sale of alcohol for medicinal purposes.
Remus soon acquired stores nationwide concentrating in Cincinnati, Ohio (Behr 176). Since
he was making such large sums of money, Remus took drastic measures. He began to hire all
law enforcement agents, such as local policemen and bureaucrats, and by 1921, almost the
entire Cincinnati police force was on his payroll, generating over a $25 million income
per year. Remus's reign of terror soon ended after he was convicted of murdering his wife,
and died in jail (Hintz 122).

The Prohibition became a primary source for corruption. Anyone from major politicians to
the cops on the streets were taking bribes from bootleggers and crime bosses. The Bureau
of Prohibition soon had to reorganize in order to reduce this corruption (Thorton 13). The
organized crime and bootleg "rings" started a movement that would not be relinquished.
Political leaders began to realize that the alcohol was no harder to come by than before
the Prohibition and that all this did was put money in the pockets of mobsters such as Al
Capone and ambitious businessmen like George Remus.

Prohibition had many economic repercussions on the United States. The closing of many
brewing factories increased the already growing unemployment pool. A contemporary humorist
Will Rogers stated, "We were so afraid the poor people might drink, but now we fixed it so
they can't eat." In this statement, Rogers is basically illustrating the tremendous
failure of the Prohibition (Behr 266).

The government had lost all of its taxes paid by companies involved with the sale of
Continues for 4 more pages >>




  • American indians
    american indians American Indians Indians in eastern North America possessed no alcohol at the beginning of the colonial period. By 1800, so much alcohol flowed through the Indian villages east of the Mississippi that each community were forced to decide to take it or not and they made a tragic choice by taking it because it destroyed their cultural. The Indians who drank did so to the point of intoxication enjoyed the experience they got from it. If Indians chose to drink out of frustration and
  • Effects on economy1850 to 1914
    effects on economy1850 to 1914 Effects on Trends in Trade Policy from 1850-1914 The modernizing world of 1850-1870 belonged to an age of remarkable growth in international trade, stimulating the largest free market the world had ever seen. Yet by 1914, only 30 years later, the trend towards liberal trade policies had mostly ended, replaced by a revival of the protectionist system. A study of the variation in trade policies over time shows a remarkable growth in the power of interest groups to in
  • Chinas Growing Economy
    Chinas Growing Economy After North America, Europe, and Japan, the area of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong "is a fourth growth pole in the world economy" (Jue 108) which in 1994 was expected to double in size by 2002. Today, the growth rate is still on track to fulfill that prediction. Recent Chinese economic policies have shot the country into the world economy at full speed. As testimony of this, China’s gross domestic product has risen to seventh in the world, and its economy is growing at over
  • Executive Orders
    Executive Orders Orders Issued by President Bill Clinton What are Executive Orders? Executive Orders are official documents, Executive numbered consecutively, through which the President of the United States manages the operations of the Federal Government. Some Executive Orders in the past have created new commissions, councils, task forces and committees; issued and allocated bonds; authorized permit issuance; etc. 40 Executive Orders issued by President Clinton Date Document Titles 1. 2000-12
  • Gays in the Military
    Gays in the Military GAYS IN THE MILITARY! Lauren Stewart Government 2301 December 7, 200 !GAYS IN THE MILITARY! In 1994 there was a debate at the White House, which wanted to let gays serve in the military openly, yet Congress and the military did not. The compromise protected homosexuals in uniform as long as they didn’t flaunt their sexual orientation. In the eighties and nineties, gays have mobilized to seek civil rights protections from the National Government. In the United States, questio
  • Legalization of Active Euthanasia
    Legalization of Active Euthanasia The term Euthanasia has become well known throughout the United States. Euthanasia is derived from the Greek words eu and thantos, these words come together to form the phrase easy death. Today, euthanasia is referred to by many names such as mercy killing, and assisted suicide. There is much controversy over whether or not the practice is right. Euthanasia raises many religious, legal, medical and ethical issues. The question of euthanasia being right or
  • Correlates of delinquency
    correlates of delinquency CORRELATES OF DELINQUENCY Matelina M. Aulava Chaminade University 3140 Waialae Ave. Honolulu HI 96816 Abstract Studies have been conducted on what factors lead to delinquency. Proposed factors of delinquency have been studied in three major fields, biological, psychological, and sociological. This study is guided by psychological and sociological theories. The question of whether or not relationships among attachment, aggression, and delinquency exist was investigated t
  • Effects of Outward Foreign Direct Investment
    Effects of Outward Foreign Direct Investment The Effects of Foreign Direct Investment on the Home Country Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) could be defined as a minimum 10 percent investment of equity or capital by a firm based in one country (home economy) to an enterprise resident in another country (the host economy). The new entity then becomes a multinational enterprise (MNE). Many companies prefer FDI to exporting to gain access to new or larger markets, gain cost advantages in the host cou
  • None Provided107
    None Provided107 Today in society there are many pressures put upon people by others and their beliefs. One of the major pressures it puts on people is the pressure of homosexuality and whether it is right or wrong. Homosexuality is on the rise in the United States as well as many other countries around the world. Along with the rise of homosexuality is the rise of marriages that are taking place in these socially incorrect relationships. Throughout the country and in other countries there has b
  • Views of the Death Penalty
    Views of the Death Penalty Views of the Death Penalty Capital Punishment has been part of the criminal justice system since the earliest of times. The Babylonian Hammurabi Code (ca. 1700 BC) decreed death sentences for crimes as minor as the fraudulent sale of beer. Egyptians could be put to death for disclosing the location of sacred burial sites (2.). In this country, although laws governing the application of the death penalty have undergone many changes since biblical times, the punishment e
  • Abortion2
    Abortion2 Almost half of American women have terminated at least one pregnancy, and millions more Americans of both sexes have helped them, as partners, parents, health-care workers, counselors, friends. Collectively, it would seem, Americans have quite a bit of knowledge and experience of abortion. Yet the debate over legal abortion is curiously abstract: we might be discussing brain transplants. Farfetched analogies abound: abortion is like the Holocaust, or slavery; denial of abortion is like
  • Flag Desecration
    Flag Desecration The issue of flag desecration has been and continues to be a highly controversial issue; on the one side there are those who believe that the flag is a unique symbol for our nation which should be preserved at all costs, while on the other are those who believe that flag burning is a form of free speech and that any legislation designed to prevent this form of expression is contrary to the ideals of the First Amendment to our Constitution. Shawn Eichman, as well as the majority
  • Hamiltons Crusade
    Hamiltons Crusade When the revolutionary war was over, the American colonists found themselves free of British control. Now that they were free, they wanted to create their own system of government where the tyranny and the arbitrariness of the British monarchy of old, would be diminished. Originally, The Articles of Confederation thinly united the thirteen states. This document had given the central government no power to do what was needed. The central government had no power to tax they only
  • Queen Elizabeth I
    Queen Elizabeth I Elizabeth was the unwanted daughter of King Henry VIII, the king who killed her mother, because she did not bear a son. Elizabeth grew up in a country at war with it self in the wake of King Henry’s religious reforms. Through no fault of her own, Elizabeth was cast aside by her own father; resulting in a lonely childhood and adolescence. While her half sister Mary I was queen, as a young women Elizabeth lived quietly, waiting for her opportunity to succeed. On November. 17, 155
  • The peyote plant
    The peyote plant Drug use has always been a topic of controversy, especially when it pertains to religion. One particular drug that has been brought to the attention of the federal government is Peyote. Peyote is a drug that has been used by the Native Americans for thousands of years. This drug, Peyote which has caused much controversy over the years has recently been reconsidered for legal use. “Probably the most famous New World hallucinogenic plant is Peyote, (Lophoproria willamsii), a small
  • Economic International Legal Considerations
    Economic International Legal Considerations International Legal Considerations This chapter covers a wide range of regulations, procedures, and practices that fall into three categories: regulations that exporters must follow to comply with U.S. law; procedures that exporters should follow to ensure a successful export transaction; and programs and certain tax procedures that open new markets or provide financial benefits to exporters. Export Regulations General Introduction The Export Administr
  • Economic Perspectives on the Internet
    Economic Perspectives on the Internet International Legal Considerations This chapter covers a wide range of regulations, procedures, and practices that fall into three categories: regulations that exporters must follow to comply with U.S. law; procedures that exporters should follow to ensure a successful export transaction; and programs and certain tax procedures that open new markets or provide financial benefits to exporters. Export Regulations General Introduction The Export Administration
  • Prohibition The Power is in the People
    Prohibition The Power is in the People The Power is in the People Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. (The United States Constitution: The First Amendment). By the action taken on December 12, 1791 (when the Bill of Rights was adopted), the United States of Amer
  • AntiTrust Laws
    AntiTrust Laws Introduction Competition in economics is rivalry in supplying or acquiring an economic service or good. Sellers compete with other sellers, and buyers with other buyers. In its perfect form, there is competition among many small buyers and sellers, none of whom is too large to affect the market as a whole; in practice, competition is often reduced by a great variety of limitations, including monopolies. The monopoly, a limit on competition, is an example of market failure. Compet
  • Chinas growing economy
    Chinas growing economy After North America, Europe, and Japan, the area of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong "is a fourth growth pole in the world economy" (Jue 108) which in 1994 was expected to double in size by 2002. Today, the growth rate is still on track to fulfill that prediction. Recent Chinese economic policies have shot the country into the world economy at full speed. As testimony of this, China’s gross domestic product has risen to seventh in the world, and its economy is growing at over
  • Economic growth
    economic growth Economic Growth Common Idea Economic growth is the most important study in economics today. The first book on economics was by Adam Smith The Wealth of Nations the full title was the Inquire Into The Nature And Sources Of The Wealth Of Nations. Economic growth determines a countries future, and economic growth in the past determines a countries present as far as its material values are concerned. (Buechner Recording) So every material value of the modern world is a result eco
  • Adam Smith The Principle of the Mercantile System
    Adam Smith The Principle of the Mercantile System Adam Smith wrote that commerce in Europe, but more specifically Great Britain, went from a system where the producers changed to adapt to what the consumers needed, to a system where the producers would try their hardest to corner the market, and in that, would leave the consumers with a mediocre product. In response to tightened importation laws, he wrote that a strong foreign trade system would be the only way to provide good products to the E
  • Saudi Arabia 8211 A Developed Nation8230or is it
    Saudi Arabia 8211 A Developed Nation8230or is it Introduction Economic statistical indicators convey the fact Saudi Arabia is a developed nation. However, close analysis of political and social statistical indicators would suggest that their standard of living and individual freedoms are severely suppressed. This developed nation has abnormalities in its statistical indicators which are similar to those that characterises third world nations. Saudi Arabia is oil rich and is a strictly Islamic
  • Presidentail Executive Orders
    Presidentail Executive Orders Executive Orders Issued by President Bill Clinton What are Executive Orders? Executive Orders are official documents, numbered consecutively, through which the President of the United States manages the operations of the Federal Government. Some Executive Orders in the past have created new commissions, councils, task forces and committees; issued and allocated bonds; authorized permit issuance; etc. 40 Executive Orders issued by President Clinton Date Document Tit
  • The Arctic Costal Plain Domestic Energy Security A
    The Arctic Costal Plain Domestic Energy Security Act of 2001 There are many bills that are passed though the House of Representatives everyday. There are many government agencies and interests groups that are behind the bills that either support them or are against them. The bill I have chosen is the Arctic Costal Plain Domestic Energy Security Act of 2001. At this time and place I believe this bill is one of the most important bills that needs to be passed. Congress has found the nations dome
  • Chinese prostitutes in 1900s
    chinese prostitutes in 1900s In California, between 1850’s to the Chinese Exclusion Act, most of the Chinese women who came to San Francisco were either slaves or indentured. They were often lured, kidnapped or purchased and forced to work as prostitutes at the brothels which is run by secret society of the Tongs of San Francisco. Chinese prostitutes also were smuggled and had worked at the Chinatown brothels in the Comstock Mines in Nevada. Chinese prostitutes were commonly known as prostitute
  • Hate Speech on the Internet
    Hate Speech on the Internet I. Hate Speech on the Internet Generally, hate speech receives constitutional protection and is not prosecuted that is why there are relatively few court cases addressing this issue on the Internet. For this reason, sites containing speech discriminating people because of their race or sexual inclinations are available on the Internet. These include the Ku Klux Klan, Nazis, White Socialist Party, Skinheads or Aryan Nation, for example, which speech is not d
  • The First Ammendment Dealing with the seperation o
    The First Ammendment Dealing with the seperation of Church and State Is it unconstitutional for local, state or federal governments to favor one religion over another? Government can show favoritism toward religion by displaying religious symbols in public places at taxpayer expense, by sponsoring events like Christmas concerts, caroling, by supporting the teaching of religious ideas, or even by supporting the teaching of creationism in public schools. It appears the United States government ha
  • Alcohol
    Alcohol Alcohol Abuse Alcohol is liquid distilled product of fermented fruits; grains and vegetables used as solvent, antiseptic and sedative moderate potential for abuse. Possible effects are intoxication, sensory alteration, and/or anxiety reduction. Symptoms of overdose staggering, odor of alcohol on breathe, loss of coordination, slurred speech, dilated pupils, fetal alcohol syndrome (in babies), and/or nerve and liver damage. Withdrawal Syndrome is first sweating, tremors, and then altered
  • Effects on Trends in Trade Policy
    Effects on Trends in Trade Policy The modernizing world of 1850-1870 belonged to an age of remarkable growth in international trade, stimulating the largest free market the world had ever seen. Yet by 1914, only 30 years later, the trend towards liberal trade policies had mostly ended, replaced by a revival of the protectionist system. A study of the variation in trade policies over time shows a remarkable growth in the power of interest groups to influence the institutional rules and regulatio
  • Fcjfjfcfc
    fcjfjfcfc After North America, Europe, and Japan, the area of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong "is a fourth growth pole in the world economy" (Jue 108) which in 1994 was expected to double in size by 2002. Today, the growth rate is still on track to fulfill that prediction. Recent Chinese economic policies have shot the country into the world economy at full speed. As testimony of this, Chinas gross domestic product has risen to seventh in the world, and its economy is growing at over nine percent
  • Flag
    flag The issue of flag desecration has been and continues to be a highly controversial issue; on the one side there are those who believe that the flag is a unique symbol for our nation which should be preserved at all costs, while on the other are those who believe that flag burning is a form of free speech and that any legislation designed to prevent this form of expression is contrary to the ideals of the First Amendment to our Constitution. Shawn Eichman, as well as the majority of the Unit
  • Flaws of the Death Penalty
    Flaws of the Death Penalty Flaws of the Death Penalty- Capital Punishment has been part of the criminal justice system since the earliest of times. The Babylonian Hammurabi Code(ca. 1700 B.C.) decreed death for crimes as minor as the fraudulent sale of beer(Flanders 3). Egyptians could be put to death for disclosing the location of sacred burial sites(Flanders 3). However, in recent times opponents have shown the death penalty to be racist, barbaric, and in violation with the United States Cons
  • Gypsies in Czech Republic
    gypsies in Czech Republic The Gypsies of the former Czechoslovakia have suffered ethnic marginalization dating back to their arrival in Eastern Europe over 700 years ago. The collapse of communism in Czechoslovakia, and other Eastern Europe countries created the necessary conditions for the ethnic mobilization of the Gypsies and other minorities. During communism minorities presence in Eastern Europe was not officially recognized. The transition from the socialist system to democracy gave the G
  • Kathryn Kish Sklar
    Kathryn Kish Sklar I have read Kathryn Kish Sklar book, brief History with documents of Womens Rights Emerges within the Antislavery Movement, 1830-1870 with great interest and I have learned a lot. I share her fascination with the contours of nineteenth century womens rights movements, and their search for meaningful lessons we can draw from the past about American political culture today. I find their categories of so compelling, that when reading them, I frequently lost focus about women
  • Marijuana A Gift From Mother Earth
    Marijuana A Gift From Mother Earth When and where will the senseless persecutions of Americas Marijuana users end? These Marijuana smokers are typically middle class males, between the ages of 17 and 39, and one in three have no prior felony charges on their records. (HRW World Report) However, each year, hundreds of thousands of them are arrested and thrown into jail, alongside murderers, rapists, and child molesters. The Marihuana Tax Act was passed in August 1937, and took effect on Octob
  • None Provided16
    None Provided16 INTRODUCTION Real and alleged improprieties in Democratic and Republican national committee fund raising during the 1996 elections focused public attention on campaign money and political parties. Virtually all of this attention was negative, leading public interest groups, journalists, and some politicians to call for reforms ranging from a ban on party soft money to public funding of all federal elections to the provision of free broadcast time for congressional candidates. Wh
  • Abortion
    abortion Abortion, which has been legal for over 23 years, is against the Constitution and the Supreme Court case that legalized it should be overturned. In 1971 a pregnant single woman (Roe) brought a class action suit challenging the constitutionality of the Texas criminal abortion laws, which prohibited having or attempting an abortion except on medical advice for the purpose of saving the mother\'s life. This lawsuit was labeled Roe v. Wade. The Wade of Roe v. Wade was Henry Wade, one of th
  • Flag burning
    Flag burning The issue of flag desecration has been and continues to be a highlycontroversial issue; on the one side there are those who believe that the flag is a unique symbol for our nation which should be preserved at all costs, while on the other are those who believe that flag burning is a form of free speech and that any legislation designed to prevent this form of expression is contrary to the ideals of the First Amendment to our Constitution. Shawn Eichman, as well as the majority of t
  • Flag burning
    Flag burning The issue of flag desecration has been and continues to be a highlycontroversial issue; on the one side there are those who believe that the flag is a unique symbol for our nation which should be preserved at all costs, while on the other are those who believe that flag burning is a form of free speech and that any legislation designed to prevent this form of expression is contrary to the ideals of the First Amendment to our Constitution. Shawn Eichman, as well as the majority of t
  • Flag burning
    Flag burning The issue of flag desecration has been and continues to be a highlycontroversial issue; on the one side there are those who believe that the flag is a unique symbol for our nation which should be preserved at all costs, while on the other are those who believe that flag burning is a form of free speech and that any legislation designed to prevent this form of expression is contrary to the ideals of the First Amendment to our Constitution. Shawn Eichman, as well as the majority of t
  • Adultery In the Military
    Adultery In the Military Adultery In The Military As citizens of the United States of America we are all governed by a certain set of rules. These laws are set forth by our elected officials. These laws deal with almost all aspects of life including morally wrong actions such as murder and theft. However, these laws do not govern many other moral choices such as adultery. As members of the United States Armed Forces, we are also regulated by an additional set of rules. We must abide by the sanc
  • Seperation of Church and State
    Seperation of Church and State The Separation of Church and State in America Church and State seem to be two words which are entirely inseparable from each other. Religion in politics and the government has been present since the federal government was first put into place. The issue of religion is present in such varied topics as the public school system, presidential elections, right down to the National Anthem. The fact of the matter is, Church and State are very far from being separate in t
  • Flaws of the Death Penalty
    Flaws of the Death Penalty Flaws of the Death Penalty Capital Punishment has been part of the criminal justice system since the earliest of times. The Babylonian Hammurabi Code(ca. 1700 B.C.) decreed death for crimes as minor as the fraudulent sale of beer(Flanders 3). Egyptians could be put to death for disclosing the location of sacred burial sites(Flanders 3). However, in recent times opponents have shown the death penalty to be racist, barbaric, and in violation with the United States Const
  • Capital Punishment11
    Capital Punishment11 Capital Punishment Each year more and more people are added to death row. The death penalty is currently the harshest form of punishment enforced in the United States. The death penalty and its methods have become a controversial issue as death row becomes very populated. Important aspects of Capital Punishment are the methods of execution, costs, and the pros and cons. The death penalty’s interesting history has made it what it is today. People who are against the death pe
  • Euthanasia2
    Euthanasia2 Euthanasia Euthanasia, also known as assisted suicide, is a topic involving many serious issues that continue to be argued over among people throughout the world. There are two types of Euthanasia. One is active euthanasia, a doctor taking any direct action designed to kill the suffering patient. The other is passive euthanasia, to withhold treatment and allow a patient to die. In most cases, passive euthanasia is permitted but whether or not active euthanasia should be allowed crea
  • Euthanasia2
    Euthanasia2 Euthanasia Euthanasia, also known as assisted suicide, is a topic involving many serious issues that continue to be argued over among people throughout the world. There are two types of Euthanasia. One is active euthanasia, a doctor taking any direct action designed to kill the suffering patient. The other is passive euthanasia, to withhold treatment and allow a patient to die. In most cases, passive euthanasia is permitted but whether or not active euthanasia should be allowed crea
  • Fetal tissue transplants
    fetal tissue transplants Is the transplantation of nueral tissue considered an ethical procedure? The transplantation of human fetal neural tissue into the brains of humans suffering from progressive neurodegenerative disorders is one of the hottest arguments currently being debated. Fetal neural tissue is being used as a possible treatment for some diseases. The treatment and possible cure for many of these diseases falls upon the successful transplantation of fetal neural tissue from the brai
  • Gay Marriages1
    Gay Marriages1 Today in society there are many pressures put upon people by others and their beliefs. One of the major pressures it puts on people is the pressure of homosexuality and whether it is right or wrong. Homosexuality is on the rise in the United States as well as many other countries around the world. Along with the rise of homosexuality is the rise of marriages that are taking place in these socially incorrect relationships. Throughout the country and in other countries there has be
  • Legalize Marijuana
    Legalize Marijuana Every year, 400,000 Americans die of complications caused by tobacco products. Smoking kills more Americans each year than alcohol, crack, heroin, murder, suicide, car accidents, fires, and AIDS all put together. Every week, eight children under the age of eighteen die from alcohol related crashes. Alcohol abuse contributes to almost 50% of all traffic accidents, suicides, and homicides. However, despite the proven dangers of these "socially acceptable" drugs, they are still