Spawned from years of social activism from the Temperance Movement, mostly on the part of women’s rights and religious groups, Prohibition was created as a response to combat America’s love of “devil rum” and other intoxicating spirits that seemed to plague the minds and livers of America’s men. While pure in its intentions of stemming alcoholism and domestic abuse, Prohibition morphed into a lawmaking catastrophe that laid the foundation of organized crime all across the country and demoted many citizens to the status of a criminal--yet after the fact proved to be what many believe to be a necessary growing pain for the country.
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