A Nation of Hypocrites


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The factors that led to the end of Prohibition are detailed, as the criminalization of alcohol fed large profits into the coffers of criminal organizations and turned such gangsters as Al Capone into celebrities. Wealthy Pauline Sabin encouraged the repeal of the 18th Amendment and brought together women from all classes who supported her position. The 21st Amendment, which repealed the 18th, was adopted after FDR's 1932 election and by late 1933 people could again legally buy drinks.


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