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Ken Burns' Prohibition

Premier :: 2011-10-02

Airs :: Daily 20:00 on PBS

Genre :: Documentary

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PROHIBITION is a three-part, five-and-a-half-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed.

Latest Episode

Series 1 - Episode 3 - A Nation of Hypocrites
Aired - 04 October 2011

Episode summary:

Conclusion. The factors that led to the end of prohibition are detailed, as the criminalization of alcohol feeds large profits into the coffers of criminal organizations and turns such gangsters as Al Capone into celebrities. Wealthy Pauline Sabin encourages the repeal of the 18th Amendment; and brings together women from all classes who support her position. The 21st Amendment, which repeals the 18th, is adopted after FDR's 1932 election and by late 1933 people can again legally buy drinks.

Watch Episodes Online - Episode Guide

+ Series 1

+ Episode - 5 A Sea of Rum Aired - Air date unknown.
+ Episode - 4 Murder and Mayhem Aired - Air date unknown.
+ Episode - 0 Aired - Air date unknown.

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