The Prohibition era in the United States occurred from 1920 to 1933 as a national constitutional ban on alcohol. It was an attempt to legislate morality and gained the support of Protestant denominations including Methodists, New School Presbyterians as well as Catholic Total Abstinence Union of America, who acknowledged drinking as a personal sin.
Arguments against alcohol production and consumption brought forth were that ingredients necessary for the distillation of alcohol were depleting due to the war and were necessary for food. This resulted in the temporary closure of the nation’s breweries and distilleries.
The influx of immigrants in urban areas of the country signified a clash between urban and rural values and individuals within the prohibition movement linked crime and corruption to the increasing immigrant populations. In essence, prohibition was viewed as a means to cure the ills of society and thus weaken the political opposition.
In 1933, with the approval of the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution, the Prohibition came to an end and was believed to have created widespread criminal activity going against the initial claims of declining crime rates. Despite the views of its failure, it may have just been successful in reducing liquor consumption during the 1920s with levels remaining well below pre-Prohibition until the 1940s. But can you tell us the details? Can you go more into depth and pass our quiz? Let's test your knowledge right now!