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- Prohibitionists initially saw success in curbing alcohol use, but the 18th Amendment ravaged the brewing industry, causing many people to lose jobs.
- But the demand for liquor grew. This demand provided the perfect conditions for unscrupulous people to seek enormous financial gain.
- Like a domino effect, thousands of speakeasies attracted not just black musicians but also bootleggers, illegal alcohol trafficking, and gamblers.
- Speakeasies provided the ideal gangster venue.
ABC-CLIO (All History Databases)
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America’s Historical Newspapers (1690-2000)
Provides news articles covering topics including government, politics, social issues, culture, discoveries, inventions and more from hundreds of primary sources that enable students and teachers to explore virtually every topic or aspect of American history and culture between 1690 and 2000.
Britannica Image Quest
"...more than two million images....All images are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use...."
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Three learning levels to choose from - elementary, middle, and high. Find excellent background information about any topic.
Explora Secondary School
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ProQuest Research Library
ProQuest databases provide a single source for scholarly journals, newspapers, reports, working papers, and datasets along with millions of pages of digitized historical primary sources and more than 450,000 ebooks.
Salem History brings online access to Salem Press’ award-winning history reference works, including Milestone Documents of American Leaders, Milestone Documents in American History, and Milestone Documents in World History. Physical copies of the books are available in the reference section.
J. Edgar Hoover - G-Men - FBI
John Edgar Hoover (1895-1972), American criminologist and government official.
J Edgar Hoover. HORIZONTAL. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 1 Jan 2012.
Appointed FBI Director in 1924, J. Edgar Hoover used his new position to
- rid the agency of corrupt agents;
- seek qualified men for replacements;
- create detailed information files on people;
- have his G-Men capture or kill notorious gangsters predominately during the Great Depression.
Eliot Ness - 'Untouchables'
Prohibition Agent ID Card
Prohibition Agent ID Card Of Eliot Ness . Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 1 Jan 2012.
Eliot Ness was a prohibition agent who was the leader of the special force known as The Untouchables.
- His task: He had to make sure the American people did not manufacture, buy, or consume alcohol.
- His claim to fame: His Untouchables killed or captured notorious Chicago gangsters including Al Capone.
- His affliation: He was assigned to the U.S. Treasury Department in 1927. He was NOT a member of the FBI.
Notorious American Gangster - 'Scarface' Al Capone
Alphonse Gabriel Capone, a.k.a. Al, American gangster and crime leader in Chicago, 1930.
Al Capone/Gangster/Photo/1930. Photograph. Encyclopedia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 5 Dec. 2011.
Bullet proof! : the evidence that guns leave behind by
Call Number: 363.25 JOY
Publication Date: 2007
Profiles famous cases solved by forensic firearm identification; including the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and the 2002 sniper attacks in Washington, D.C.; and explores the career of a firearm examiner.
Al Capone : a biography by
Call Number: B CAP
Publication Date: 2003
Presents a biography of Al Capone, tracing the life of the infamous prohibition-era criminal from his youth in New York to his death at the age of forty-eight from complications of syphilis, and including a look at corruption in American society, a time line, and a bibliography.
The untouchables [videorecording]
Call Number: DVD F UNT
Publication Date: 2004, c1987
A fierce, larger-than-life depiction of the mob warlord who ruled Prohibition-era Chicago and the law enforcer who vowed to bring him down.
Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1939: Decades of Promise and Pain by
Call Number: 973.91 KYV
Publication Date: 2002
Examines what daily life was like for ordinary people in the U. S. in the 1920s and the 1930s, discussing the impact of automobiles, electricity, radio, cinema, conflict and crime, the standardization of culture, the Great Depression, and the New Deal on the lives of American citizens.
American Decades Primary Sources: 1920-1929 by
Call Number: R 973.91 AME
Publication Date: 2004
Contains approximately 160 primary sources on American history and culture from 1920 to 1929, featuring many different types of sources, arranged chronologically in twelve categories, including the arts, education, government and politics, media, medicine and health, religion, and sports.
Conflicts in American History: A Documentary Encyclopedia: Volume VI, The Roaring Twenties, Great Depression, and World War II, 1920-1945 by
Call Number: R 973 CON
Publication Date: 2010
Contains narrative essays and primary documents that provide information on political, social, military, moral, and cultural conflicts in American history from 1920 to 1945, and includes biographical profiles, a chronology, maps, and illustrations.
The Roaring Twenties Almanac and Primary Sources by
Call Number: 1414402120
Publication Date: 2006
Presents a collection of entries that provide information on the 1920s in the U.S., including the political, economic, technological, and social events during the decade, and provides full and excerpted documents that offer a range of perspectives the period. Includes sidebar boxes and illustrations.
Call Number: 363.4 BLU
Publication Date: 2011-05-24
It began with the best of intentions. Worried about the effects of alcohol on American families, mothers and civic leaders started a movement to outlaw drinking in public places. Over time, their protests, petitions, and activism paid off—when a Constitional Amendment banning the sale and consumption of alcohol was ratified, it was hailed as the end of public drunkenness, alcoholism, and a host of other social ills related to booze. Instead, it began a decade of lawlessness, whenchildren smuggled (and drank) illegal alcohol, the most upright citizens casually broke the law, and a host of notorious gangsters entered the public eye. Filled with period art and photographs, anecdotes, and portraits of unique characters from the era, this fascinating book looks at the rise and fall of the disastrous social experiment known as Prohibition.