Prohibition and Its Consequences

Organized crime and speakeasies ... just another day during Prohibition. An intriguing activity explores the world of Prohibition and its consequences on life in the United States. Scholars analyze primary sources and place them on a scale for or against the Eighteenth Amendment and also take a look at the Twenty-First Amendment that repealed Prohibition. The activity includes a worksheet and group discussion to help historians share what they learned. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils conduct further research on the consequences of Prohibition, such as organized crime 
  • Guide a group dissuasion on why the Eighteenth Amendment was repealed 
Classroom Considerations
  • Internet access is required to complete the activity 
  • Resource provides background knowledge to help students understand the material 
  • The activity includes resources on document analysis
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