The debate about alcoholic beverages and their place in society will likely extend long into the future. Several months before his death in a nursing home 1938, temperance leader John Brown Hammond hoped to restore Prohibition. He was working to organize “The Eighteenth Amendment Rescue Association.” He believed that Prohibition would eventually return. Only time will tell if he was correct.
Through prohibition, America embarked on what became labeled “the Nobel Experiment.” However, instead of having social redeeming values as ordained, prohibition had the opposite effect of its intended...
There were various reasons why the enforcing of Prohibition failed.
The Volstead Act was officially titled “An act to prohibit intoxicating beverages, and to regulate the manufacture, production, use, and sale of high-proof spirits for other than beverage purposes, and to insure an ample supply of alcohol and promote its use in scientific research and in the development of fuel, dye, and other lawful industries.”
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These laws have inadvertently been responsible for the deaths of thousands through bad drug deals and dirty drugs, which leads one to ask the question, “Is this a war on drugs or a war on drug users?” Body bags and HIV are becoming the most widely known side effects of drug prohibition.
By the 1920's prohibition was a national effort.
Shaw, E. and Wheeler, W. Prohibition: Going or Coming? The Eighteenth Amendment and the Volstead Act. Facts versus Fallacies and Suggestions for the Future. Berwyn, IL: Shaw, 1924.
“Policy Analysis: Alcohol Prohibition Was a Failure.” July 17, 1991.
After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.
The prohibition movement was aimed primarily at closing saloons.
Local Self-Government League. Plan to Amend National Prohibition without Repealing Either the Eighteenth Amendment or the Volstead Act. Baltimore: Local Self-Government League,1931.