Prohibition – why didn’t it work?
Bootleggers and smugglers:
- They brought illegal supplies of liquor into cities
- Rum was smuggled in from the West Indies and whiskey crossed the river from Canada to Detroit.
- Many big business men became involved in the liquor trade as it was a high paying business.
- Joseph Kennedy, father of JFK, made a lot of the family fortune from bootlegging – may have been used to fund the JFK presidential campaign.
- Helped to supply speakeasies
- They were suppliers or manufacturers.
- By late 1920s most alcohol was made illegally at home in ‘stills’
- Known as moonshine – bath tub gin was made drinkable by adding other ingredients, often caused blindness and poisoning.
- 1930 – 282122 stills were seized by the government
- Alcohol in…
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