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Many religious sects and denominations, and especially Methodists, became active in the temperance movement. Women were especially influential.
The advocates of prohibition had argued that banning sales of alcohol would reduce criminal activity, it in fact directly contributed to the rise of organized crime. After the Eighteenth Amendment went into force, bootlegging, the illegal distillation, and sale of alcoholic beverages, became widespread. Prohibition was a social experiment that had nurtured the very ills that it sought to reduce like criminal activity, public corruption, and a casual disregard for the rule of law.
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