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in 1918 the American giovernment decided to make a law to ban the sale and drinking of alcohol in the USA . This was called :
why was prohibition passed
because of pressure from religiuos groups such as the Women's Christian Temperance union and the Anti saloon league , who campaigned for many years for the government to ban alcohol in the USA . They were mainly country people who resented drunkness that they saw in the cities
the arguments used ny the anti-alcohol drinks were
- alcohol was a waste of grain
- alcohol was bad for American industry
- alcohol led to deaths on the road
- alcohol ruined families
- alcohol was made by Germans
- banning alcohol would make America into a better , more moral , country
the anti-alcohol groups said that prohibition should be introduced so that grain :
could be used for food instead of being wasted making liquor
the anti-alcohol groups said that alcohol was bad for American industry . They argued that drink led to
absenteeism from work so this reduced the country's industrial output . This made buissness men like Rockefeller support prohibition
the anti-alcohol groups said that alcohol led to deaths on the road . with more
mortor cars on the road , druken driving was becoming an increasing menance
why did the anti-alcohol groups suggest alcohol ruined families .
they argued that wives and children suffered when husbands spent their wages on drink
why did the anti-alcohol groups argue for prohibition because alcohol was made by Germans
because Germans were the enemies in W.W.1. so people should not make Germans rich by buying beer . This showed an anti-foreign element to the campaing .
The anti-alcohol groups said that banning alcohol would make America into a better more moral country , because
many americans were very religious people , who became convinced that alcohol was the root of all social problems . it was believed that prohibition would bring in a new and moral age