1919 – Prohibition takes effect in United States.

Much of the logic driving prohibition and the temperance movement had latent anti-immigrant, anti-Irish foundations. The Irish and other immigrants were often seen by the movement (with some justification) as part of an alcohol and drunkenness problem and a threat to the well-being of the nation. The introduction of prohibition proved a boon to lawlessness and brought numerous Irish and Irish American gangsters to the fore including Legs Diamond, Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll and Dion O’Banion.

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