the difficulties in enforcing prohibition

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  • The difficulties in enforcing prohibition
    • the alcohol trade was driven underground and developed into organised crime under the control of powerful gangsters
    • Bootleggers such as Al Capone made large sums of money smuggling alcohol into the country
    • Moonshiner's distilled their own illegal home brews
    • Speakeasies selling illegal alcohol sprang up in large numbers by 1925 there were over 100,000 in New York
    • Government prohibition agents were too few in number to enforce the prohibition law and they were often open to bribery.


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