Why Prohibition was repealed

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  • Why 18th Amendment  was repealed in 1933.
    • Public/political opinion.
      • Many people convinced 'noble experiment' had utterly failed.
      • Support shown by millions of votes Al Smith got when he ran for President in 1928.
      • In 1932 presidential campaign Roosevelt promised to repeal the act.
    • Failure.
      • Caused organised crime.
      • Prohibition allowed and provided criminals with easy business.
      • Gangs highly expanded and were faced unopposed, gang culture led to various violent acts.
        • St. Valentines Day Massacre.
    • Wall Street Crash.
      • The high unemployment caused by it, influenced the public's  opinion.
        • Abolition of prohibition would increase lots of legal jobs.


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