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What Would Your Prohibition Era Job Be?
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The Prohibition era lasted from 1920 to 1933, and meant a complete ban on alcohol across the United States. Of course, since most people drink and very few of those are willing to go without, this immediately resulted in a huge underground smuggling operation, known as "bootlegging." Secret drinking clubs sprang up, known as "speakeasies," which were so common and accepted that you could easily go there and see local officials hanging out and drinking quite openly. Overall, Prohibition was one of the great failed social experiments of history. It was revoked in 1933 by the 21st Amendment - though technically Mississippi hung onto it until 1966. Ultimately, the whole thing was probably a doomed idea, even if it came from a noble impulse of helping with shocking rates of alcoholism and alcohol abuse.

As with any government ban, there were plenty of people willing to find workarounds, from gangsters and smugglers to the people who ran the speakeasies. Some of them grew very rich, which even included notable families like the Kennedys (yes, those Kennedys). There were also plenty of police officers arrayed against them, doing their best to contain the tide of illegal liquor - honest people who were handed a seemingly insurmountable task. Some of these were the FBI agents known as the Untouchables, who successfully took down liquor kingpin Al Capone, unlike local cops who looked the other day. Where would you have fit in among them all? Take this quiz and find out!

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