Alcohol Stills in the 1920’s in America
Once upon a time in the early 1900’s, people enjoyed alcoholic beverages as
a way of calming themselves after a long day of work. Alcohol was cheap and was
also consumed by anyone wanting to have a good time. But soon, all fun came to an
end when the government stated in the 1920’s that it was to be prohibited from then
on. Congress came forward saying alcohol was corrupting America’s youth, helping
the growth of mobs, and breaking up families. Although public businesses that
manufactured, distributed it, and sold alcohol were shut down, that hardly meant that
alcohol would be no more in America.
This began the trend of bootlegging. “Bootlegging” was the title given to the
illegal manufacture and transportation of alcoholic beverages. Thousands of
bootleggers appeared at this time making homemade stills to produce alcohol for
themselves and plenty of other interested customers. Bootlegging businesses really
started to grow when mafia families began taking over, seeing the prohibition as
America’s weakness. Soon enough the illegal consuming of alcohol seemed to have
stretched over America. Noticing the law was so widely violated officials now felt as
if nothing could be done.
By the 1930’s the law was defeated by the peoples of America and the
American government backed down with short-lived prohibition.