IN THE 1920S
By: Courtland Sargent
Lever Food and Fuel Control Act of 1917
regulated food, fuel, and other commodities
Breweries and distilleries closed temporarily
• permanent ban on the sale, transportation, importing, and
exporting of alcoholic beverages
• Took effect January 17, 1920
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Crime would drop
Dairy & other
Increase in average
Increase in nations
Everyone broke the law and because of that everyone thought of it as
whimsical and unimportant.
HOW DID IT INFLUEN CE
To replace the loss of alcohol people made alcohol
Had a much higher alcohol content
• Alcohol was a crime.
Illegal activity was required to market the illegal alcohol.
Drug use increased
Took place of alcohol, instead of “dairy”
Cigarettes became popular and were deemed fashionable and a sign
More jails filled with people convicted of alcohol use or
Enforcement cost millions of dollars.
US District Attorneys spent 44% of their time on Prohibition cases
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• Became organized and led to the rise of powerful crime syndicates.
Bribery & Blackmail
Used law enforcement
All used to move
quantities of alcohol
Over 10,000 people died from drinking wood alcohol.
Others went permanently blind or had severe organ damage.