Prohibition was important in the 1920s because it demonstrated that banning something can have the opposite effect of making it more desirable and more dangerous. By banning alcohol, many people started making their own homemade versions, sometimes with poisonous ingredients. Prohibition also saw the rise of organized crime associated with bootlegging.
Prohibition began in 1920, a year after the 18th Amendment banning alcohol was ratified on January 29, 1919. While at first it resulted in a 30 percent drop in alcohol consumption and a decline in alcohol-related arrests, over time both crime and alcoholism increased as people found ways to get around the laws. In December, 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified and repealed the 18th, ending Prohibition.Learn More
Prohibition was initiated as part of the Temperance movement, which asserted that alcohol and intoxication was responsible for crime, murder and other negative aspects of society. Although the organized Temperance movement initially attempted to moderate alcohol consumption, which was becoming pervasive after the American Revolution, it began pushing for the complete prohibition of alcohol after several decades.Full Answer >
People yell "Geronimo" when jumping off something because a test paratrooper named Aubrey Eberhardt did it to prove his courage when he jumped out of an airplane in 1940. It became an unofficial yell of U.S. airborne troops and spread throughout U.S. culture.Full Answer >
The Fourteen Points stated by Woodrow Wilson were important for peace and ethics, and used mainly to motivate the Allied forces. The points were highlighted in a speech Woodrow gave to the United States Congress in 1918.Full Answer >
The March on Washington was important because it was intended to fight for the rights of African-Americans for jobs and freedom. Organized by religious groups and civil groups, the march was intended to shed light on the challenges that black citizens were facing 100 years after emancipation.Full Answer >