The Birth of a New Era.
The 1930s represented one of the most significant periods of reform legislation in the history of the United States. During this decade, there occurred developments in the law that contributed significantly to the emergence of the modern American state. The expansion of the role and the power of government and its involvement to an unprecedented degree in the daily life of the ordinary citizen were made possible by equally astounding shifts in social values and general perceptions regarding the purpose and function of government. These changes were the result of conditions that had emerged in the previous decade, when the end of an era of prosperity had brought ruin to many and an economic depression far more disastrous than any other in memory. Over sometimes strong opposition, and reflecting the prejudices of its day, the national government gradually and fundamentally altered its relationship with the people and the states.
Prohibition and Social Control.
By 1932 public support for the prohibition of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages had dropped to a point where the Democratic Party could, with little fear of alienating the voters, include repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment (prohibiting the sale, manufacture, or transportation of intoxicating beverages) in its platform. Inconsistency in the law's...
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