The prohibition was a nationwide ban on the production, transportation, importation, and sale of alcoholic beverages, which would also be known as the 18th amendment. In December of 1917 is when the congress had approved of the 18th amendment, but it didn’t go into effect until 1920. The congress only needed 36 states to ratify the amendment and by early 1919 is when they got their 36 states. When the amendment took into effect, congress stated that anything that was more than 0.5 alcohol volume was considered an intoxicating liquor.
With the 18th amendment in effect, congress believed that it would make for a better “law-Abiding” society only to find out that the 18th amendment created way more crime than they could imagine. Everyone was going behind curtains to get alcohol, coming up with secret bars, bootlegging alcohol. Al Capone had to have been one of the worst things to have come from the prohibition. Al Capone had a gang of men, posing as cops and murdered people. He ran the streets and no one wanted to mess with him or his men.
There are also some positive things that came from the prohibition as well, not everything was bad. Once workers put alcohol aside they became more productive, and could to afford to buy more things because they were not spending their money on alcohol. They were actually able to go out and buy themselves cars, furniture, and build up a savings! Crazy to think that just them not drinking anymore, that they were able to save enough money to buy a car. Things are definitely a lot different in this day in age.
After going through the great depression in 1929, congress decided to ratify the twenty-first amendment, which repealed the 18th amendment. After that a few states had passes minimum-age drinking laws, but most states did not enact in these laws until the 1980’s. The congress had opportunities to have done things differently, rather than outright banning alcohol. I guess without them doing so the roaring twenties would have never been a thing. Like everything there are good and bad things that come out of it.
Keene, Jennifer D., et al. Visions of America: a History of the United States. Pearson, 2017