The motivation for ratifying the 18th Amendment on January 16, 1919, was clear: alcohol was a corrosive, corrosive lubricant, and America would be better off without it.
It is worth mentioning on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of this social change. This prohibition had another, less well-known consequence: it opened up the possibility that hate groups in America could gain a foothold.
The illegal marketing and promotion of alcohol was supposed to help strengthen moral strength in the 1920s. But the feeling behind it had roots in racism. "The clan felt immigrants, and anyone who did not come from the legacy of the WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) was the cause of America's problems," said the Tennessee Museum Center at 5ive Points. They argued that immigrants from Europe imported their drinking habits and contributed to a relaxed social standard that organizations such as the Christian Temperance Union of Women and the Anti-Saloon League called a "saloon culture". Just before they thought the US would be overrun by Catholic aliens who contribute to social decline. Bootleggers could not be arrested fast enough.
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In communities around the country, clan officials have been causing concern by insisting that Jewish members of Catholics exist. African Americans, Hispanics, and immigrants fed on the continued violation of the law. Instead of convincing blanket cities with unfiltered hate speech, they convinced residents that minorities were responsible for illegal alcohol trafficking, voice missions, and blatant disobedience to the ban.
The clan went one step further and convinced Prohibition supporters that they could lift it off the overload of the overworked police, which sought to prevent bootleggers from blooming. The evangelicals moved for fear of seeing the clan portrayed by a bad element that took over the country and began to support their cause. If people advocated prohibition, it only made sense to act against immigration. The clan even found federal support for its ambitions by providing foot soldiers in 1923 in attacks on Italian alcohol barons in Mistress, Illinois. Violence and appropriate evidence were frequent complaints among the target groups of alcohol – and if they did, they usually drank it themselves. Instead, it was an excuse to terrorize Catholic neighborhoods in a power demonstration. These groups violated the ban and had to be stopped. As a result, clan factions – including some for women and children – have occurred across the country. If the followers were not inherently racist, they could go behind the blanket message to enforce the law.
In both cases, the Klan numbers grew with an estimated 2 to 5 million members who campaigned between 1920 and 1925. The violent confrontation during the raids has undermined these figures in some communities, as people have finally seized immigrant harassment, not America's improvement. This was the main goal of Klan.
The clan's ability to hail on prohibition was lost in 1933. The 18th Amendment was repealed by the 21st Amendment. The group would not be seen as an impressive force until the civil rights movement rose. But for a good part of the twenties, they could gain strength and numbers on the promise of moral maintenance. The "noble experiment" of alcohol prohibition, which was supposed to restrict violent behavior, would forever be linked to the malignant intentions of the clan.