The Terrible Era Prohibition
January 16,1919 was the final day that Americans could buy alcohol. But nobody said they couldn't drink it.
Definition of Prohibition
- Prohibition is the legal act of prohibiting the manufacture, storage in barrels, bottles, transportation and sale of alcohol including alcoholic beverages. The term can also apply to periods in the histories of countries during which the prohibition of alcohol was enforced.
- Bootlegging, or rum-running, the illegal transport of alcoholic beverages. Bootlegging, the illegal operation of a speeder on a railway. Smuggling, the clandestine transportation of goods or persons.
- Speakeasy is an illicit liquor store or nightclub.
- Dries are a person in favor of the prohibition of alcohol.
- wets are people opposed to the prohibition of alcoholic beverages.
The Gangsters of Prohibition
1. Al Capone
2. Lucky Luciano
3. Meyer Lansky
4. Johnny Torrio
5. Arnold Rothstein
7.Enoch “Nucky” Johnson
10.Giuseppe/ Joe Masseria
These guys were the biggest and baddest gangsters of that time. These men were not only bootleggers but they also were in prostitution,gambling,etc.
during prohibition temperances hired scholars to rewrite the bible to wear there was no alcohol refrences.
they also thought people who drank should be
- hung by the tongue beneath an airplane and flown over the country
- exiled to concentration camps in the Aleutian Islands
- excluded from any and all churches
- forbidden to marry
- placed in bottle-shaped cages in public squares
- forced to swallow two ounces of caster oil
- executed, as well as their progeny to the fourth generation.
- they hadn't realized that what they had done. When after prohbition there would be even more alchoholics
- Prohibition led to widespread disrespect for law. New York City alone had about thirty thousand (yes, 30,000) speakeasies. And even public leaders flaunted their disregard for the law. They included the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, who owned and operated an illegal still
- In Los Angeles, a jury that had heard a bootlegging case was itself put on trial after it drank the evidence. The jurors argued in their defense that they had simply been sampling the evidence to determine whether or not it contained alcohol, which they determined it did. However, because they consumed the evidence, the defendant charged with bootlegging had to be acquitted