The 18th Amendment & Volstead Act
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The impacts of the social and economic changes helped Americans to enjoy their lives.

Since cars became mass production, they were bought for a more convenient travel. The production of car’s they were able to travel further and visit family members. With cars being used they had more leisure time than in the past, they were able to enjoy time with their families. They could also go to watch sporting events. Next, came the invention of radios, which families bought to listen to music. Radios were also made as a decorative item in the house, which made it even more convenient to buy for the house. In the meantime jazz became a big entertainment. Fortunately at jazz clubs the social environment became friendlier among each other. Jazz clubs became a new social environment for anyone who enjoyed jazz music.

 

 

 

 

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Vocabulary

1. Volstead Act - An act of Congress, introduced in 1919 by Andrew J. Volstead to implement the Eighteenth Amendment of the constitution, which forbade the sale of alcoholic beverages.

 

Congress passed the Volstead Act which was named after Andrew J. Volstead who introduced the act in 1919.

 

2. Repeal - Revoke or annual

 

In 1933 congress repealed the 18th amendment with the 21st amendment.

 

3. Prohibition - The action of forbidding something.

 

Congress passed the Prohibition Act, also known as Volstead Act, to probit the use of alcohol.

 

4. Amendment - A minor change in a document.

 

The 18th amendment was passed.

 

5. Alcohol - A colorless volatile flammable liquid that is the intoxicating constiuent of wine, beer, spirites, and other drinks, and is also used as an industrial colvent and as fuel. 

 

In the 1900's men dranked alcohol. 

 

6. Volatile -  Liable to change rapidly and unpredictably.

 

Volatile is used in alcohol. 

 

7. Intoxicating -  Liable to cause intoxication.

 

One ingredient is used for alcohol. 

 

8. Implementation - The process of putting a decision or plan into effect.

 

The 21st amendment was implementation in 1933 after the vote of Utah on December 5th.

 

9.  Ban - Offcially or legally prohibit. 

 

Alcohol was to be ban from America for 50 years.

 

10. The Noble Experiment - Prohibition of alcohol. 

 

The noble experiement was a failure 6 years after the Volstead Act was passed. 

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Primary Document #3

In this picture the Corpse & Cocktail and 17th letter wants to repeal the Volstead Act. The time would be 8pm to 12am. On the 4th of December, which turns out to be a Sunday. Shakes are 10 dollars. They are advertising for anyone who wants to repeal the Prohibition. They will have live jazz at their house quartet. At the top of the name, there is another name which says Corpse Cocktail, with a skull and wings above it.

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Historical Website #2 - "The Roaring Twenties" - "The 1920's" - World News

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#2 Primary Document - Eighteenth Amendment and the Volstead Act: Prohibition and the Youth of America

Ferris Library for Information, Technology and Education (FLITE) is located in the heart of Ferris State University's main campus combining the collections and services of the former Timme and Health Science Libraries.

 

Annotation : In this letter it states the deeds that are done while being on the job and the acts done out in public. The letter is written by an editior in Big Rapids, Michigan in 1960. Even after the Volstead act has been passed, they still faced conflicts with alcoholism. The letter was written to the president. It was a bias letter stating what the writer thought and his opinion. The writer always states that America is "Practically the greatest country in the world." From his opinion, he does not want America to crumble just because of drunken people who will ruin America. He wants to fight against alcohol and is stating what will you do to protect America and to make a better place for American Youth. 

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#1 Primary Document - The Volstead Act

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The National Archives Digital Classroom: Primary Sources, Activities and Training for Educators and Students.

 

Annotation : Issues over alcohol and drugs became a big issue in the 20th century. Women formed organizations to ban alcohol and drugs, their main reason was to save money. Often times the man would go out to spend money, while leaving no money left to provide for their family. Second supporters were Factory owners. Only because of the new work habits which required industrial workers to work early mornings and long nights. Once the amendment passed it began to work at first. But, people began to find ways to evade prohibition agents. They carried false books and hollowed cranes. I think that during the 1920's was a chaotic time in the United States. They began to have addictions to useless products and lost some sense of morals. 

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Historical Website #3 - History Of The Prohibition Act Of 1920 In America

Historical Website #3 -  History Of The Prohibition Act Of 1920 In America | The 18th Amendment & Volstead Act | Scoop.it
An attempt to ban booze in America, called Prohibition, was by most accounts, a failure. The 18th Amendment to the Constitution was evenually repealed in 1933.
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Historical Website #1 - Prohibition

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America goes 'Dry' in the 1920s...

 

Annotation : The prohibition waged 50 years to ban alcohol. Although alcohol was banned it was secretly passed through the Canadian border and began to grow. The leeked alcohol also came into the White House during the time of Harding's administration. Many Americans disliked the 18th amendment. After 6 years of the 18th amendment the "Noble Experiment" was not working. In 1933, congress passed the 21st amendment which repealed against the 18th amendment. When Utah voted for the acceptance for the 21st amendent, the prohibition became dead.

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Connection to today #1 - The Volstead Act

The Volstead Act (the National Prohibition Act of 1919) was enabling legislation enacted to provide for the implementation of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which established National Prohibition of alcoholic beverages.
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