posted by esmeralda on .
how might the overall atmosphere of the 1920's have contributed to the failure of prohibition?
The 20s was a decade of rebellion, free-thinking, and turning away from established customs. Women cut their hair short, wore short skirts, and worked outside the home. As cars grew more popular and affordable, people could travel longer distances. The soldiers who'd fought overseas during the war came home with new ideas. One of the popular songs of the time was "How are you going to keep them down on the farm after they've seen Paree (Paris)". Radio and movies helped spread new ideas. Many people even considered the gangsters like Al Capone and John Dillinger as folk heroes.
Your questions are really funny esmeralda. You are making my afternoon :) The "Roaring Twenties" with most of the world celebrating the end of World War One with massive drinking parties and singing and dancing the Charleston could not have been a more difficult time to try the prohibition experiment.