Alcohol Illegal ?

This image shows a man dumping out a barrel of beer. Required by the 18th amendment which made alcohol illegal.

Prohibition was a major step in United States history. It was a major issue in the late 1910s and through out the 1920s. I feel Foner gave a decent amount of coverage on this topic. He didn’t go into super detail because prohibition wasn’t a major topic in the WWI era. But he did give background information as to why prohibition came about. Foner discusses how Progressive women wanted to “protect wives and children from husbands who engaged in domestic violence when drunk or who squandered their wages at saloons.” (Foner 734) This is the key motive behind the prohibition movement. While prohibition is something that changed this country tremendously, its effects and they way it changed the country were no described by Foner in the chapter. Again mostly in part because prohibition was not a major issue in the WWI era.

After reading i have these two questions :

1. What was the male reaction toward Prohibition ?

2.How was the removal of alcohol handled ?

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3 Responses to Alcohol Illegal ?

  1. Even though the sale of alcohol was illegal, people were still able to obtain alcoholic drinks at “speakeasies” and other underground drinking establishments. Many people also kept private bars to serve their guests. Large quantities of alcohol were smuggled in from Canada. During Prohibition, people illegally brewed alcohol in their homes. Whiskey could be obtained by prescription from medical doctors for “medicinal purposes”; however, doctors freely wrote prescriptions and drug-stores filled them without question; therefore, people would obtain their liquor via prescription and no attempt was made to stop this practice.

  2. Profile photo of Maggie Tien Maggie Tien says:

    I agree with what Zachary said because I think the males just found other ways to get their alcohol. In the Eighteenth Amendment banned the manufacturing, selling and transportation of alcohol but it did not prohibit people from consuming alcohol. They allowed people to make up to two-hundred gallons of wine/cider at home. In an article I read, it talks about how a California company was selling “wine bricks” -wine that dissolved in water- were sold. (–a-failed-experiment-a212684) That’s another way to get their alcohol “cravings”.

  3. Profile photo of Thomas L Thomas L says:

    This wasn’t accepted too well in the male community. There were other ways to create alcohol such as bootleggers brewing their own and making booze in bath tubs and in other fashions. This actually sparked the creation of cocktails. The homemade alcohol tasted so bad that people did what ever they could to cover up the taste. The idea of alcohol as medicinal use roots even further back in tradition when physicians would prescribe things such as Benedictine, an herbal liquor for healing qualities.

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