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Discover the true story of America's "Great Experiment." Go beyond the oft-told tales of gangsters, rum-runners, flappers and speakeasies to experience the rise, rule and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's PROHIBITION. Since the early years of the American Republic, alcohol has been embedded in the fabric of American culture. But by 1830, the average American over 15 years old consumes nearly seven gallons of pure alcohol a year, three times as much as we drink today. Alcohol abuse wreaks havoc on the lives of many families. As a wave of spiritual fervor for reform sweeps the country, many women and men begin to see alcohol as a scourge. After the Civil War, the country's population swells with immigrants, who bring their drinking customs with them from Ireland, Germany, Italy and other European countries. The temperance campaign ignites, spearheaded by the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. Carrie Nation and her Home Defenders Army bring publicity by attacking Kansas bars with stones and hatchets, and the Anti-Saloon League (ASL) forms to push for an amendment to the Constitution outlawing alcohol nationally. Most politicians dare not defy the ASL, and in 1917 the 18th Amendment sails through both Houses of Congress; it is ratified by the states in just 13 months. 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.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS : Made available through hoopla, 2011.
ISBN: 9781608834303
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (3 video files (ca. 360 min.)) : sd., col.


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In our #MeToo age it is important to remember that Prohibition was a women's rights issue wrapped up with the suffragette movement and efforts to combat violence against women. Interestingly, it was also a rural vs. metropolitan contest with the Klan supporting the Drys and big city political machines supporting the Wets. If we were to apply the political grid of the teens and twenties to today, MAGA voters would support Prohibition. Excellent documentary.

Feb 08, 2016

Never accept THEIR version of history unconditionally - - always research it for yourself. Monies flowed into the coffers of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, but where did it flow from?
From Columbia Trust, the bank put together by the then-youngest bank president in US history: Joe Kennedy. And the banksters gave old Joe their money, so Prohibition could be passed.
Why? Because leading up to its passage, old Joe and his criminal cronies in the Chicago Mob, Irish and Sicilian mobs, would be taking over all the distilleries and hooches around the country, thus providing themselves with a monopoly on illegal alcoholic products.
And how did they launder it? Through the stock exchange, hence the Roaring 20s - - Andrew Mellon, vile scion of the Mellon family and Treasury Secretary, insured that taxes were cut on the rich in 1921, and thus credited that action with the stock exchange frenzy, instead of those illegal monies washed through it!
And where did old Joe Kennedy get the idea? When he scammed his way into Harvard [he had flunked out of prep school], he took a course in social economic history about a western town named Seattle, which had granted women the right to vote in 1893, and they promptly formed a platform to outlaw liquor, saloons and brothels, almost completely destroying the local economy! [Their right to vote was later rescinded, and they would not vote again until 1920.]

real_thing Jan 09, 2016

very interesting. FOR THE DRUNK PEOPLE. Your history in a bottle

What's this? America, a nation of drunkards? Impossible!_____ Through 100s of vintage photographs and newsreel footage, plus interviews with historians and celebrity narration by Peter Coyote, this well-researched, often-revealing 3-DVD documentary gives the viewer an in-depth, up-close look at that sheer preposterousness of "Prohibition"._____ This documentary clearly shows how the likes of "Prohibition" (which was strictly enforced for 13 years, from 1920 - 1933) limited human freedom and turned millions of otherwise law-abiding American citizens into literal criminals (as well as two-faced hypocrites) overnight._____ Though President Woodrow Wilson (a Democratic) vetoed Congress for imposing the 18th Ammendment on the country's taxpayers he was inevitably over-ruled and "Prohibition" prevailed throughout the terms of the following 3 presidents, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover (all Republicans) until Franklin D. Roosevelt (a Democratic) had it promptly revoked and abolished upon his election to presidency in 1933._____ To think that such a disastrous act of folly such as "Prohibition" could actually go into effect and exist for 13 years (in the 20th Century) truly boggles the common-sense thinking of a rational mind. But, it did. And, boy, did it ever create an utter, nation-wide mess of nonsense (that was clearly destined for failure) like nothing anyone had ever experienced before.

Jul 11, 2012

I enjoyed this very much. Well researched & thorough presentation. Some old jazz music to listen to too.

Nov 07, 2011

Outstanding documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, exploring the background of the temperance movement, the mistakes of Prohibition, the societal shifts, and the people of the times. Highly recommended.


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