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1This ppt originally appeared on the Langley Secondary School website at This site went down in July 2010, so I have copied it here.
3What was ‘Prohibition’? A law called the Volstead Act introduced in the USA in January 1920.It banned the manufacture, sale and transport of alcohol.The federal government had the power to enforce this law.It theory the USA became ‘dry’.It has since become known as the ‘noble experiment’.
4Why was prohibition introduced? It already existed in many statesMoral reasonsCampaigners like the Anti-Saloon League of AmericaThe First World War
9What were the effects of prohibition? SpeakeasiesMoonshineSmugglingOrganised crime
10Speakeasies Secret saloon bars opened up in cellars and back rooms. They had names like the ‘Dizzy Club’ and drinkers had to give a password or knock at the door in code to be let in.Speakeasies sold ‘bootleg’ alcohol, smuggled into America from abroad.Before Prohibition there were 15,000 bars in New York. By 1926 there were 30,000 speakeasies!
11Moonshine A spirit made secretly in home made stills. Several hundred people a year died from this during the 1920s.In 1929 it is estimated that 700 million gallons of beer were produced in American homes.
12‘Bootleggers’Smugglers called ‘Bootleggers’ made thousands of dollars bringing in illegal alcohol to America.America has thousands of miles of frontiers so it proved easy.Famous smugglers like William McCoy made fortunes by bringing alcohol from the West Indies and Canada.
13Organised CrimeThe enormous profits to b made attracted gangsters who started to take control of many cities.They bribed the police, judges and politicians.They controlled the speakeasies and the distilleries, and ruthlessly exterminated their rivals.
14Al CaponeBy 1927 he was earning some $60 million a year from bootlegging.His gang was like a private army. He had 700 men under his control.He was responsible for over 500 murders.On 14th February 1929, Capone’s men dressed as police officers murdered 7 members of a rival gang. This became known as the ‘Valentine’s Day Massacre.’