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Robson Medler and Charlie Clarke

The Background
On November 18th, 1918, before the ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment, the United States Congress passed the temporary Wartime Prohibition Act, this was where the sale of alcoholic beverages that had an alcohol content of more than 2.75% became illegal to buy or sell. This law was intended to save grain for the war effort. It took effect on June the 30th 1919

Other reasons
Other reasons for the prohibition of alcohol were that National prohibition of alcohol (1920-33)--the "noble experiment"--was undertaken to reduce crime and corruption, solve social problems, reduce the tax burden created by prisons and poorhouses, and improve health and hygiene in America. The results of that experiment clearly indicate that it was a miserable failure on all counts. The evidence affirms sound economic theory, which predicts that prohibition of mutually beneficial exchanges is doomed to failure.

Was it successful?
While Prohibition was successful in reducing the amount of liquor consumed, it stimulated the organized and widespread criminal activity. The bulk of America became disenchanted after the St. Valentine's Day massacre in 1929. Prohibition became increasingly unpopular during the Great Depression, especially in large cities.

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