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Alcohol consumption and manufacture had been outlawed in 1919 in the Eighteenth Amendment and the Volstead Act. This by no means meant that America was a dry country. Young people could still find alcohol in shadowy "speakeasy" clubs. There bootleg alcohol would be sold to customers. While Prohibition did reduce alcoholism and alcohol-related deaths during the Twenties, it also caused crime to skyrocket...
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While Prohibition did reduce alcoholism and alcohol-related deaths during the Twenties, it also caused crime to skyrocket. Mobsters like Al Capone tried to corner the bootlegging business in the big cities. Organized crime eventually spread out to include narcotics and prostitution as well. Tensions not only manifested themselves in organized crime but also in the liquor raids that characterized this era...
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