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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.