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Ch. 11- Prohibition (Extra Credit Essay)

Due Date: Essay must be turned in by Wednesday, November 3, 2010
There is a LibGuide posted on the BEHS Library page that will help you complete this. Here’s the pathway: BEHS Library>Browse by
Subject box>Social Studies>Lopez Prohibition or use http://brookfieldeast.elmbrookschools.libguides.com/prohibition.


Purpose: This paper will help students gain an in depth look at the issues surrounding prohibition during the 1920s and
30s. Students will also link arguments for and against prohibition of alcohol with similar arguments surrounding the
contemporary issue of the prohibition of illegal drugs.

Directions: Read chapter ten (X) in the novel Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s, by Frederick Allen. A
hyperlink below will take you directly to the chapter I want you to read. Answer questions 1-6 while reading the
chapter. Synthesize your responses into an essay describing the arguments for and against prohibition, difficulties of
enforcing prohibition, and the reasons prohibition eventually failed. Draw comparisons between the issues of
prohibition of alcohol with the current laws prohibiting illegal drugs. Read the article “Should we legalize drugs? History
answers,” by Nadelmann and Courtwright. Directions on how to access this article are listed below. Explain to your
reader how prohibition of alcohol and illegal drugs are both similar and dissimilar. Use the questions below to formulate
your own opinion on the prohibition of alcohol and drugs.

Submit your essay and separate answers to the below questions by the due date above.

Paper Requirements: Typed, 1 ½ spacing, 12 point new times roman or similar font, 2-4 pages, proper spelling and
grammar, essay format (should contain a thesis, body, and conclusion), examination of prohibition pro and con
arguments, examination of the prohibition of drugs pro and con arguments, links between the issues of prohibition and
legalizing drugs, your opinion on the topic, and many specific details from the two readings included in your essay.

Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s, by Frederick Allen – See LibGuide for link.
   1. How does Charles Merz explain the passage of the 18th Amendment?




    2. Give three reasons why it was difficult to enforce prohibition.




    3. Summarize the arguments for and against prohibition.




    4. What were the positions of the presidential candidates in 1928 on prohibition?
   5. How was the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre of 1929 an important event in the history or prohibition?




   6. Use other details from the reading to describe the period of prohibition.




Should we legalize drugs? History answers. By: Nadelmann, Ethan A., Courtwright, David T., American Heritage,
00028738, Feb/Mar93, Vol. 44, Issue 1 – See LibGuide for Link.

   1. Describe the similarities and differences between the prohibition of alcohol and drugs.




   2. Based on the arguments you read about the prohibition of alcohol, do you support the prohibition of alcohol?
      Explain/support your argument.




   3. Based on the arguments you read about the prohibition of drugs, do you support the prohibition of drugs?
      Explain/support your argument.

				
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