Prosperity, demands of illegal liquor justified the corruption

Prosperity, good health, a decline in violence and greater longevity. This was the aim of implementing the Prohibition Act in both Canada and the United States. The illegalization of alcohol production, transportation, importation and sale in the 1920’s did indeed lead to changes in society as supporters were hoping for, but these changes were also what led to the end of this Act. These changes were a part of  the surge in mass disobedience due to an increase in both law and political corruption. The hope for prosperity and good health was useless as people’s health worsened significantly and hope for less violence was unmeaningful when crime and gang-related affiliations grew stronger and blossomed at this point. These societal changes comprised of corruption, health issues and a surge in crime played a vital role in being detrimental to canadian societies during Prohibition.Prohibition created a great public demand for illegal alcohol, which led to an increase in corruption due to people’s motives of uncaring about the laws regarding prohibition. Instead of depleting alcohol from the markets, prohibition was a way for people to sell even more alcohol illegally to due demand to earn income. In 1926, the federal government set up the Royal Commission to evaluate the dealings of liquor during this time. It was found that almost every alcohol manufacturer falsified their accounts as well as write up false documents to hide their actual dealings. Under more investigation, it was found some were also greatly involved in bootlegging and bribery. One account of that would be with the River Patrol Officers in Windsor. Majority of the 126 custom patrol officers were accused of involvement in smuggling liquor across the border . It seemed the demands of illegal liquor justified the corruption comprised of bribery and such to allow people to involve themselves in corrupted acts, law or no law. This harmed Canada due to the widespread growth of corruption by the country’s own officials. Due to this, the law was not being taken seriously which would lead to the law not being enforced, which is what made it so harmful to society.With corruption came crime and violence. This included the rise of speakeasies across the nation and rise in gang-affiliated people who would do anything to make money. The rise of speakeasies was a way to drink illegally under the radar, which is justified as organized crime. Bootleggers conducted organized crimes to raid speakeasies and steal liquor and then sold it illegally. On the docs of Sault Ste. Marie itself over thousands of illegal liquor cases were transported and sold illegally to places such as Michigan and beyond. Prohibition allowed people such as Perri Rocco, “The King of Bootleggers”, to rise to the top and do just that. He says about other gang members,”They will sell anything, they will do anything to get the business of their competitor. That makes more crime.” Perri himself acknowledged that gangs would do anything to be able to take control of the business, which could be through mob violence which would result in the death of innocent bystanders, and those who drank were more likely to become more abusive and therefore impact others negatively around them. The rise of speakeasies was a way to make business through raids and other illegal selling processes to make income, of which was fused with violence and abuse for people to get what they wanted. People were not just disobeying the law but gangsters were able to attain great political power, which came with violence and illegal money-making schemes which made it so detrimental to the economy and society.Additionally, the health of people worsened at this time, also leading to more deaths. The increase of demand led to the decline of the quality of liquor. This was due to the fact that cheaper substances were used and moonshine that contained chemicals was popular as legal liquor businesses closed down. Moonshine and liquor that contained chemicals were popular  especially among lower class people and blind pigs, who drank anything they could get their hands on. Chemicals and poor alcohol quality led to higher death rates. After the early years of Prohibition, death rates due to cirrhosis, alcoholism and arrests due to drunkenness increased. The effect the lower quality of alcohol was damaging the health of citizens as the quality of alcohol declined and as alcohol related death rates such as scarring of the liver rose. Due to this, the decline in people’s health at this point in time contributed to damaging the nation as a whole. The effects of prohibition that we still see today are a way of learning from the past; do not  legislate anything without thinking about the negative consequences it could cause to harm societies. Enacting the law with widespread opposition would surely have led to complications that soon led to national scandal, seen through corruption. Through that corruption came other unseen outcomes such as organized crime flourishing at this point in time as well as a rise in alcohol related health issues that also led to a rise in death rates. Even though the consequences of Prohibition led to wounded societies, a very important lesson was learned; testing the effectiveness of policies beforehand instead of building it upon hope is of utmost importance if you do not desire to have unforeseen consequences.