Defining moment in history
One moment that defines the United States as a nation is the prohibition. The prohibition was a thirteen-year period, from 1920 to 1933, where the country decided to make alcohol illegal. This act was a huge failure, which directly connects to a lot of things that are still going on today. You see man has the urge for pleasure, and if you say something is not aloud, the amount one wants it instantly increases. During the time of the prohibition, people never stopped drinking; they were in fact drinking more, working a lot harder to acquire alcohol. Underground clubs began to form, and peoples personalities began to change as the people surrounded them self’s around the rush of getting this substance. The lessons we learned from the prohibition, by taking something away from people it just makes them want it more, is still very relevant today. It applies to the debate over the war on drugs, on the effort to reduce the availability of alcohol and tobacco, and issues on censorship and bans on inside trading, abortion, and gambling. This shows that our nation has the urge to defy in order to get some sort of rush. As a whole our nation has the tendency to be more attracted to the things we cant have. This is why there is such a problem with drugs in the past and still today. We also have a tendency to be attracted to the things that are labeled bad, such is the reason there has been a problem with tobacco and under aged drinking still to this day, even after seeing so many bad things happen. Our nation is built with people who are nothing more then human beings. Human beings that can easily succumb to their urges, and the prohibition is one example in our history that shows just this.