The Volstead Act  Record Group 11  General Records of the United States Government  National Archives and Records Administration  ARC Identifier: 299827

The Volstead Act Record Group 11 General Records of the United States Government National Archives and Records Administration ARC Identifier: 299827

Volstead Act Company Tonic Syrup.

Volstead Act Company Tonic Syrup.

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PROHIBITION | Social movements spawned by the Progressive Era lead to the Volstead Act. Women saw alcohol as the eroding factor in the family unit. The amendment worked at first but enforcement proved difficult. Open rebellion became popular and gave rise to violence and organized crime. Gangsters like Al Capone rose up from prohibition by giving the people what they wanted: alcohol.

PROHIBITION | Social movements spawned by the Progressive Era lead to the Volstead Act. Women saw alcohol as the eroding factor in the family unit. The amendment worked at first but enforcement proved difficult. Open rebellion became popular and gave rise to violence and organized crime. Gangsters like Al Capone rose up from prohibition by giving the people what they wanted: alcohol.

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After the passage of the 18th Amendment and the Volstead Act in 1919, the making and selling of alcohol was illegal. This federal policeman uses a pickax to destroy a rum-runner's cargo in San Francisco during Prohibition.

After the passage of the 18th Amendment and the Volstead Act in 1919, the making and selling of alcohol was illegal. This federal policeman uses a pickax to destroy a rum-runner's cargo in San Francisco during Prohibition.

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Drawing of a Still  Record Group 56  Records of the Department of Justice, Bureau of Prohibition  National Archives and Records Administration  ARC Identifier: 298446

Drawing of a Still Record Group 56 Records of the Department of Justice, Bureau of Prohibition National Archives and Records Administration ARC Identifier: 298446

Letter concerning the transportation of liquor from California to Washington.  Record Group 56  Records of the Department of Justice, Bureau of Prohibition  National Archives and Records Administration  ARC Identifier: 298430

Letter concerning the transportation of liquor from California to Washington. Record Group 56 Records of the Department of Justice, Bureau of Prohibition National Archives and Records Administration ARC Identifier: 298430

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Orange County Sheriff's deputies dumping illegal booze, Santa Ana, 3-31-1932

Orange County Sheriff's deputies dumping illegal booze, Santa Ana, 3-31-1932

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The Eighteenth Amendment was very short, but the law designed to enforce it was over 25 pages long. It was complex, confusing, difficult to interpret and – although this is sure hard to ascertain – probably one of the most disregarded laws in the history of the United States.

The Eighteenth Amendment was very short, but the law designed to enforce it was over 25 pages long. It was complex, confusing, difficult to interpret and – although this is sure hard to ascertain – probably one of the most disregarded laws in the history of the United States.

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