The eighteenth amendment created a period of prohibition that produced several effects. Some of which were positive, such as the savings of workers and productivity among workers increased. The negative effects though, outweighed the positive. The citizens despised the government for making a law they thought violated their rights. In retaliation, the citizens never stopped drinking, they just hid their new crime from government officials. The citizens created secret bars called speakeasies and created bootleg alcohol in their homes within bathrooms. The negative effects produced more problems than the positive effects solved.
The government did not have a right to pass this law. I agree with the citizens views of the law impeding on their rights. The was too much bad that happened as a result of the law, such as many citizens breaking the law and the rising of Al Capone. The worst product of the prohibition was Al Capone because of the way he ruled the streets with an iron fist. He wreaked havoc and created turmoil. If there was no prohibition, Capone would not have risen to power so quickly or even at all.
What the government should’ve done, instead of outright banning the substance, is to put stronger restrictions into play. They did put a restriction on the beverage but it was impossible to meet and still keep the public happy. With the average beer now having an alcohol percentage of four to six, point five percent was an unreasonable requirement. The government’s job is to maintain public order and keep its citizens safe and by creating this law, they failed to do both.
With the United States being a country in which your voice should always be heard and listened to, this amendment was created by tuning out the public’s wants. The government paid for its failure but not before some citizens were caught in the crossfire. The government realized its mistake and set right its wrong by creating the twenty first amendment. The government should forever look at this as a reminder to keep the public happy and maintain the order.
Keene, Jennifer D., et al. Visions of America: a History of the United States. Pearson, 2017
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