Instead, it began a decade of lawlessness, when children smuggled (and drank) illegal alcohol, the most upright citizens casually broke the law, and a host of notorious gangsters entered the public eye. Filled with period art and photographs, anecdotes, and portraits of unique characters from the era, this fascinating book looks at the rise and fall of the disastrous social experiment known as Prohibition.
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The Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1919 and inaugurated the Prohibition Era in the United States until repealed in 1933. Organized crime has operated in America's large cities since the nation's early years and is often structured by ethnic as well as geographical divisions. Prohibition was the social experiment in the abolition of the human consumption of intoxicating alcohol between 1919 and 1933.