Bootleggers | 18th Amendment | Section 3 | Historical Significance | Bibliography
The 1920's was a time of many changes, this would chnage the future as we know it. Prohibition was one of those changes that had one of the biggest effects on society. Because of Prohibition, cities went crazy. Half of the population was for Prohibition, and half was against it. That being said, this spiraled into an outbreak of illegal distribution of alochol and violence was at its peak.

Here we see,  three bootleggers pouring aolchol into gasoline cans, to smuggle into the states.
Here we see, three bootleggers pouring aolchol into gasoline cans, to smuggle into the states.


Bootleggers were one of the most rebellious groups of people in the 1920's. This group brought a whole new meaning to smuggling in the United States.[1] Bootleggers definitely created Organized crime. Al Capone was by far the most significant " gangster ", and was able to kick off his criminal career off of the profits he made off of bootlegging alone.
In U.S. history, legislative restrictions made liquor illegal. It could not be bought, sold, or transported. Bootleggers defined this completely. [2]

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18th Amendment

The 18th amendment prohibited the manufacture, sale, transport, import, or export of alcoholic beverages. This was passed in October of 1919 and was named National Prohibition Act of 1920. This Amendment was the reason for so many rebellious acts such as underground bars and other sneaky ways for people to get drunk. [3]

Section 3

(See section one for details; remember you can have as many sections as you want)

Historical Significance

In 1826, The American Temperance Society, had convinced a million Americans to pledge absolute abstinence from aolchol. In 1846, Maine was the first state to outlaw aolchol, and 18 more did by 1855. Prohibition Party was founded in 1869, followed by The Women's Chrisitian Temperance Union in 1874. They had their first conference in Chicago in 1869. The conference wsa about the banning of aolchol, and also supported the currency in inflation, anti-trust, and legislation. By 1917, 26 states has banned liquior entirely, and 19 states have local option laws, and only states alowed unrestricted sales of liquior. In 1917, when the 18th amendenment was proposed, 75% of Americans lived in dry counties. In 1919, Prohibtion became a new law. This topic ws signinicant because, for 13 years Prohibition was an issue that concerened all citizens. Without Prohibiton, the 1920's would have been completely different, because of all the conflict that arose on this toipic.


  1. ^ " Prohibition In the United States." 1920's Prohibition.accessed on February 1st 2012.
  2. ^ " Encyclopaedia Britannica."Bootlegger. Acessed on Feburary 21st 2012.
  3. ^ "18th Amendment." on February 1st 2012.