Prohibition threatened to lead to the moral disintegration society as the people who were supposed to enforce the law were under implication several times in corruption scandals. Apart from the effects, the prohibition had on the crime rates it also negatively affected sectors of the economy, which used to provide the livelihoods of America. Therefore, for the successful implementation, the government should have first tries to build a consensus and evaluate the effects of the prohibition instead of forcing it down on people10. The book offers a comprehensive study of the prohibition of alcohol.
It tries to devise reasons that may have brought about certain people to advocate for prohibition strongly. Throughout the book, the author uses temperance to explain why a certain group of people, notably, the Anti-Saloon League (ASL), successfully used temperance to show why alcohol should confront prohibition. In the book, the author tries to analyze the propaganda spread by the ASL to impose fines on certain alcohol manufacturers. The ASL sometimes played the racial cards and tried to capture the American’ s hatred towards the Germans to help in the advancement of its goals of imposing prohibition.
The author develops the story by showing how “ the good creature of God, ” (referring to alcohol) has been an integral part of America. The author even states that the founding president of America, George Washington used to spend huge sums of money on alcohol. By considering these various prominent parties, which were involved and affected, the author is able to paint a more vivid picture of this era. This leads to a thorough understanding of the early twentieth century, as it introduced a country as prosperous as America to prohibition.
The author claims that he used to spend a quarter of his domestic expenditure on alcohol, a large amount indeed. Therefore, the author implies that, by advocating of alcohol prohibition, the government goes against the principles and ideals of the founding president and the American society in general.
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