The Repeal of Prohibition 1933
Many Americans were disillusioned by 1929, following nine years of Prohibition. People had been publicly drinking illegal alcoholic beverages that were readily available practically everywhere for a long time. They studied news reports of assassinations and explosions in major cities, carried out by organized crime members who had made a fortune by bootlegging whiskey, wine, and beer and transporting it by land, sea, and air.
On February 14, 1929, in Chicago, Al Capone’s henchmen lined up and killed down seven companions of rival mobster George “Bugs” Moran in the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,” as it was dubbed by the press. The news of the heinous mass murder horrified the country, even Prohibition supporters. Meanwhile, Capone organized press conferences and attended public athletic events dressed in fancy outfits. He was making anywhere from $60 million to $100 million a year from bootlegging while also bribing cops, judges, and politicians with cash.