Prohibition

  • 2011
  • TV Show
  • TV-14

A history of America's prohibition era (1920-33), when alcohol was outlawed after the passage of the 18th Amendment in 1919. It was the culmination of a movement that began in the mid-19th century, but instead of truly banning booze it merely pushed it underground, giving birth to criminal organizations that traded in the commodity; and turned ordinary (more…)

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A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick: A Nation of Hypocrites Season 1, Episode 3 Oct 4, 2011 Paid

From PBS - Support for Prohibition diminishes in the mid-1920s as the playfulness of sneaking around for a drink gives way to disenchantment with its glaring unintended consequences. By criminalizing one of the nation's largest industries, the law has given savvy gangsters a way to make huge profits. After the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932, Congress easily passes the 21st Amendment, which repeals the 18th, and the states quickly ratify it. In December of 1933, Americans can legally buy a drink for the first time in 13 years.

A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick: A Nation of Scofflaws Season 1, Episode 2 Oct 3, 2011 Paid

From PBS - In 1920, Prohibition goes into effect, making it illegal to manufacture, transport or sell intoxicating liquor. This episode examines the problems of enforcement, as millions of law-abiding Americans become lawbreakers overnight. Alcoholism still exists, and may even be increasing, as women begin to drink in the speakeasies that replace the male-only saloon. Despite the growing discontent with Prohibition and its consequences, few politicians dare to speak out against the law, fearful of its powerful protector, the Anti-Saloon League.

A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick: A Nation of Drunkards Season 1, Episode 1 Oct 2, 2011 Paid

From PBS - Since the early years of the American Republic, alcohol has been embedded in the fabric of American culture. As a wave of spiritual fervor for reform sweeps the country, many women and men begin to see alcohol as a scourge. The Anti-Saloon League (ASL) forms to push for an amendment to the Constitution outlawing alcohol nationally. When the Amendment is signed into law, Prohibitionists rejoice that America has become officially dry. But Americans are about to discover that making Prohibition the law of the land has been one thing; enforcing it will be another.

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A Nation of Drunkards
06:04 — A Nation of Drunkards
A Nation of Drunkards
04:56 — A Nation of Drunkards
Introducing PROHIBITION
00:32 — A quick look at Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's new film, PROHIBITION, which covered the rise and fall of the 18th Amendment.
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01:16 — Ken Burns discusses civility and democracy at the National Constitution Center.

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  • Premiered: October 2, 2011
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Premise: A history of America's prohibition era (1920-33), when alcohol was outlawed after the passage of the 18th Amendment in 1919. It was the culmination of a movement that began in the mid-19th century, but instead of truly banning booze it merely pushed it und… (more)

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