The 18th Amendment banned the sale, transportation, and production of alcohol. This effectively prohibited the existence of alcohol in daily life in America. But by the letter of the law, ownership of alcohol was perfectly legal, so long as it was made pre-Prohibition and it wasn’t sold or moved elsewhere. This meant that the average working family was drinking water and milk, but the Rockefellers in the Upper East Side had their wine cellar stocked for the next World War. This meant that the wealthy were well and fine to wait out Prohibition, while the working class had nothing to distract them from miserable working conditions and the fact that upward mobility was a myth and the American Dream was slipping away from them. Now farmers from a different time zone were telling these men what they could and couldn’t do on their after hours, and that was unacceptable.