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  • 1. BY: Alan David Stuart Omar
  • 2.  Before the 1920’s 51.2% of Americans lived in communities with populations of 2,500 to more than 1 million. Then America changed drastically between 1922 and 1924. A lot of people migrated to cites. Nearly 2million people left their farms and towns each year. The small rural towns began to loose their hold on the American mind as the cities rose to prominence.
  • 3.  “Cities were the place to be, not to get away from” Every night people crowded into ornate movie theaters and vaudeville houses offering a live variety of shows. The city was a world of competition and change. Cities tolerated drinking, gambling and dating. Back In towns these were considered shocking and sinful.
  • 4.  Considered alcohol prime consideration of corruption. Thought that drinking led to crime, wife and child abuse, accidents on the jobs and other serious social problems. People considered drinking a sin. Support of prohibition came largely from the rural south and west.
  • 5.  Government failed to budget enough money to enforce the law. There wasn’t enough police officers to enforce the law. this led to many crimes. Criminals bribed police officers into letting them break the law.
  • 6.  Prohibition leads to crime, cause they banned alcohol. Made illegal saloons were they wood sell the illegal alcohol. Hidden saloons or night clubs were known ass speak easies. There was a password that you need it to know in order to get into the speakeasies.
  • 7.  Were illegal underground night clubs or saloons where alcohol was sold illegally. They were called speakeasies, cause once inside people had to talk quietly or “easily” to avoid being detected. Speak easies could be found everywhere, in penthouses, cellars, office buildings, roaming houses, tenements, hardware stores and tea rooms. Inside you would find a mix of fashionable middle class and upper middle class men and women.
  • 8.  By age 26 Al Capone headed a criminal empire in Chicago. He controlled his empire through the use of bribes and violence. 1925 to 1931 Capone bootlegged whiskey from Canada and had control of 10,000 speakeasies and he also operated illegal breweries in Chicago. 1927 Al Capone or “Big Fellow” as he liked to be called, was worth $10million Later in 1931 the big gangster was arrested for tax evasion. He was put in jail and later put in liberty. He died when he was 48.
  • 9.  The 21st amendment annulled the 18th amendment. The 21st amendment was passed by Congress on February 20, 1933. The 21st amendment allowed the states to choose and set their own alcohol laws. 21st allowed drinking in all states according to their states laws.