Various Pieces of INFO WHICH COULD BE USED FOR THE ESSAY.
- An estimated 11 billion were lost in liquor tax as estimated by AAPA in a pamphlet of theirs. 1919-1930 (Important due to the implication that people didn't really stop drinking, government stopped controlling.)
- Kansas was the first state to put a ban on alcohol in their constitution in 1881. (Good to know because it gives insight to the timeline of prohibition. Reminding people that it was long in the process.)
- "Bathtub gin" and Underground production and distribution rapidly increased. 1919-1930 (This was often highly alcoholic and very dangerous due to lack of regulation.)
- The alcohol that was produced was dangerous and borderline toxic. People believed that it could be made safe by filtering it through bread. (Again, this document demonstrates the ignorance of the unregulated society of drinkers)
- Al Capone made an estimated $60,000,000 per year in untaxed profit. Roghly 1919-1930 (This tidbit allows for individuals to see how much money was actually lost by the government. Also, the attraction of bootlegging, people were able to make a lot of money.)
- Many suggested that the punishment for drinking should be some of the following: hung by the tongue beneath an airplane and flown over the country,exiled to concentration camps in the Aleutian Islands, excluded from any and all churches, forbidden to marry, tortured, branded, whipped ,sterilized, tattooed, placed in bottle-shaped cages in public squares, forced to swallow two ounces of caster oil, or executed. 1919-1930 (Demonstrates the passion of the individuals who supported prohibition. A different view of the double-edged sword. Some of the ideas stem from the temperance movement.)