Presentation on theme: "The Volstead Act/ Prohibition in the 1920’s"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Volstead Act/ Prohibition in the 1920’s Kami RobertsonCristina DiMarzioP5th
2 The Temperance Movement /Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) Blamed alcohol for society’ s ills, crime, and murderWomen disliked intoxicated men / husbandsMen would get paid and go spend all their money at barsEncouragement to pass a law banning alcohol
3 Purpose of Volstead Act Supposed to decrease crime and corruptionLower taxes needed to support prisons and poor housesImprove health and hygiene in America
4 Volstead Act passed on October 28, 1919 18th AmendmentJanuary 16, 1920It was illegal to sell, manufacture, and transport alcohol for consumption.
6 Groups were immediately started to repeal the amendment. Anti-prohibition movement began.Created social problemsAlcohol only allowed to be prescribed by doctors
7 Importing/ Exporting Alcohol Gangsters arose during this period of time because of such high demand for alcoholIt led to organized crime. Gangsters would hire people to smuggle in alcohol into the U.S.Hired men to smuggle were called “Rum Runners”Government hired secret agents to arrest gangsters and look for storages of alcohol.
8 Repealed Repealed in December 5th of 1933 It was the first law to be repealedUtah was the final state needed for a three quarters majority, ratified the 21st Amendment, repealing Prohibition
9 Gatsby & ProhibitionGatsby became a bootlegger, making money by illegally transporting alcoholFrom working in this business, Jay Gatsby became very richHe had enough money to buy a house acrossthe bay from Daisy while she was married to Tom Buchanan"'Oh, I've been in several things...I was in the drug business...'"
10 Works Cited“Prohibition in the United States” com <http://www com/prohibition/>."Prohibition in the United States". Wikipedia. February 16, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prohibition_in_the_Un ited_States>.Morgenthaler , Jeffrey .”Repeal Day is December Fifth”Rosenberg , Jennifer. "Prohibition". About.com. February 16, <http://history1900s.about.com/od/1920s/p/prohibiti on.htm>.