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The economic policies of the federal government starting in 1921-1929 were responsible for the depressions of 1930. The prohibition was the start to all of this. Their biggest source of money was alcohol and since it was no longer legal, they lost all incomes. Later on in years, people started playing in stocks, even banks. They spent money thinking that the stocks would make them more money and enough for them to keep for themselves. But on Black Tuesday the markets crashed and made banks lose money which on turn made people lose money. All these economic policies made Americans feel lonely and they began to fight for themselves. They tried but it didn’t work so they had to suffer through the depression until things got better.The economic policies of the federal government starting in 1921-1929 were responsible for the depressions of 1930. The prohibition was the start to all of this. Their biggest source of money was alcohol and since it was no longer legal, they lost all incomes. Later on in years, people started playing in stocks, even banks. They spent money thinking that the stocks would make them more money and enough for them to keep for themselves. But on Black Tuesday the markets crashed and made banks lose money which on turn made people lose money. All these economic policies made Americans feel lonely and they began to fight for themselves. They tried but it didn’t work so they had to suffer through the depression until things got better.

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The interview with Daniel Okrent was of course a great experience. I think that meeting the author and discussing their book with them is helpful to any student. He gave great insight on our prompt and helped us understand what we were reading. To answer my questions he mentioned how the Congress didn’t really want to stop canada from bringing in alcohol. The border, especially around the Great Lakes, was too great to control and stop all transportation of liquor. To answer my second question, he stated that men were surprised and shocked that women were speaking up against them. I learned that there was more than one cause to why Prohibition failed.

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A Nation of Drunkards??

Alcohol was a major part of American life before the Prohibition started. On page 7 of Last Call, Daniel Okrent says that “the national taste for alcohol (or–a safer bet– for the effects of alcohol) dated back to the Puritans..” Alcohol, however, began to become a major problems in homes. Men started to come home and abuse their families and they’d even not go to work. This led to the Temperance movement which was set up by former alcoholics who pledged to never drink again. Some of these people fell through on their word and went to secret places to get their alcohol. This led to the ratification of the eighteenth amendment which made the transportation and sale of all alcohol illegal. The main pushers of getting alcohol out of America were women because they got the most repercussions. They protested and got groups together to get alcohol out. Overall, the prohibition and temperance movement gave women plenty of rights but never fully got alcohol, of the evil, out of the land.