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In 1920, the 18th amendment outlawed making, transporting or buying alcohol in America, yet this policy was hardly a success. Find out why in this video.

Prohibition and crime

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Key points

  • 1920 - the 18th Amendment was passed, which banned the production, transportation or selling of alcohol. This was called Prohibition.
  • There were 4 main reasons why Prohibition was introduced: the national mood, the Anti-Saloon League, the Christian Temperance Movement and supplies.
  • 1929 - the Wickersham report stated that Prohibition was not working.
  • Many Americans were against Prohibition and would drink in speakeasies.
  • The demand for illegal alcohol led to major organised crime, led by gang leaders like Al Capone.
  • 1933 - Congress passed the 21st amendment, to abolish Prohibition.

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