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The increasing number of Americans participating in supposedly immoral acts like drinking and smoking caused many people to believe that their fellow citizens had forgotten the importance of religion and morality in everyday life. People seeking a return to a quieter past implemented Prohibition, which ended the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages in the United States and its territories. Religious fundamentalists believed that Americans must take the Bible literally and attempted to ban the teaching of evolution in schools. The Ku Klux Klan tried to force immigrants, African Americans, and other people to adopt a traditional Protestant lifestyle. Despite the efforts of these groups to legislate or to enforce morality, the majority of Americans eventually rejected most of their efforts.
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