How Prohibition backfired and gave America an era of gangsters and speakeasies

Those behind Prohibition saw a ban on the sale of ‘intoxicating liquors’ as a crusade against a moral evil. But the big winners were Al Capone and the mob On Saturday, 17 January 1920, theĀ Manchester GuardianĀ reported with mild incredulity on one of the most extraordinary experiments in modern democratic history. “One minute after midnight tonight,” […]