Prohibition and Modern America
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This essay aims to show that the Prohibition played an integral part in the development of the nation. It argues that the logic of the Prohibition is to be found in the fundamental ideals of the nation, and that the legislation proved to be an ordeal of fire through which a truly democratic order of society would emerge. It locates the roots of Prohibition in the quarrel between Benjamin Franklin and the Quakers. It then charts the rise of the Temperance Movement from the early 19th century, highlighting the role of religion and the participation of women. The contributions of Eliza Daniel Stewart, the Woman's Crusade of 1873-74, the resulting Woman's Christian Temperance Union, and finally the emergence of the Prohibition Party are described. The writer explains how the context of the Great War and America's role in it tilted the argument in favor of the prohibitionists and brought about the 18th amendment. After this the immediate effects on society are described and explained. In the final part of the essay the end of Prohibition is explained and its aftermath is analyzed. In conclusion, it is pointed out how deep-rooted issues were played out against the backdrop of the Prohibition, and it is explained how this resulted in fundamental changes in the makeup of American society.
From the Paper:"In the year 1919 an Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified which made it an offence to produce and sell alcohol. It gave rise to an era of extraordinary social transformation, roughly transcribed by the decade of the 1920s, a decade which has come to acquire the epithet the Roaring Twenties. The ratification marked the beginning of the era of Prohibition, which lasted for 14 years until the amendment was finally repealed in the year 1933. How was it possible for a nation constituted on the principles of liberty to dictate whether its citizens have access to alcohol or not? This question lies at the heart of what the Prohibition really signified and how it came to affect the nation and the world. In some quarters there is a tendency to downplay the Prohibition as a curious social experiment of the times that unleashed some anarchic elements into society, and that normalcy returned to the affairs of the nation with the repealing of the amendment. But this essay aims to show that the Prohibition was nothing incidental to the nation, but was in fact an integral part of its evolution."
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