Why was Prohibition introduced in the USA in 1919?
On the Midnight of January 16, 1920, one of the more favorable and common habits of the American people came to a halt. The 18th Amendment was put into effect and all importing, exporting, selling and manufacturing of,'intoxicating liquor' was put to an end. Strangely enough it was not illegal to buy or drink liquor.
Shortly after this act was passed, the National Prohibition act, or the Volstead act, as it was known because of it's writer Andrew J Volstead, was put into effect. This stated that'intoxicating liquor' was classed as anything over 0.5% alcoholic content. The Volstead act also set the penalties for breaking the 18th Amendment. This act did not include alcohol used for medicinal purposes.
The ban on alcohol was not introduced suddenly. The Anti-saloon league (ASL) were the most famous supporters of prohibition and had been campaigning against alcohol for many years. The ASL was founded in 1893 and was soon led by a broker called Wayne Wheeler. The ASL were actually making an impact and in 1908, 5 separate states had gone'dry' (dry meaning alcohol was illegal to sell).
The ASL were not the only supporters of Prohibition the Women's Christian Temperance Union also believed that alcohol was evil, ungodly and against all Christian teachings. Most prohibition supporters generally believed that a ban on alcohol would bring back the old traditional ways of America. These traditions were commonly seen as, hard work, saving money, respect for the family and respect for God. According to the ASL alcohol undermined these'decent' values.
The anti-saloon league produced many well-known pieces of propaganda during the early 20th Century. One of the most popular posters produced was the'poor mans club'. This poster shows a man in a saloon, handing over his month's wages, in exchange for alcohol. In t…


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