PROHIBITION tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed. Prohibition was intended to protect all Americans from the devastating effects of alcohol abuse. But, paradoxically, the enshrining of a faith-driven moral code in the Constitution caused millions of Americans to rethink their definition of morality.
Discover the true story of America’s “Great Experiment” – the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawing alcohol – in Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s PROHIBITION.
Adolphus Busch was the leader of the Brewers Association. He threw himself in front of the Prohibition movement and held it off for as long as they could.
Wealthy Mayor of Portland, ME. In 1851 he demanded the state legislature ban the sale of alcohol.
Carry Nation was the president of her local Kansas chapter of the WCTU. She vandalized saloons across Kansas in 1900, smashing them up with a hatchet.
Beer and Whiskey were not the Saloons only attraction to men, it served as a haven of manhood. Most cities had a designated district for saloons.
Lois Long, pen-name ‘Lipstick,’ wrote about speakeasies for the New Yorker. Women who could not afford to live the decadent lifestyle got to read about her exploits.
In 1931, Al Capone is finally caught by the government for failing to file income tax.
Zeke Alpern’s father Lou, owned three ‘Cordial Stores’ in NYC where he sold illegal alcohol.
Tensions emerged between native born Americans and the newly arrived immigrants.
George Remus, King of the Bootleggers, is caught by the government, then put on trial for murdering his wife.
The 1924 Democratic Convention between William McAdoo and Al Smith pitted rural vs. urban america and would set the stage for 1928.
The problem of drink would have to be overcome through legislation rather than voluntary abstinence.
Frances Willard started the Women’s Christian Temparance Union Mary Hanchett Hunt was in charge of the Dept. of Scientific Instruction in the public schools.
The Anti Saloon League successfully combined propaganda, religion and political coercion to make alcohol a wedge issue in elections.
During the 1800’s with the rise of whiskey and other hard liquors, alcoholism was a big problem.
Prohibition, from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, explores the rise and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment.
Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Wynton Marsalis discuss what it takes to put together the score for Prohibition, and how the music takes on a life of it’s own.
At the beginning of the 20th century most of the population shifted from rural to urban through immigration.
With the passage of the 16th Amendment, the Goverment no longer needed taxes from Alcohol. By 1914 a prohibition amendment seemed within reach.
Wayne Wheeler, the gen. counsel for the Anti-Saloon League was the most powerful man in Washington, D.C.
With the passage of the 18th Amendment, Prohibition became the law of the land.
A review of alcohol’s influence in America. Beer and Wine are overtaken by hard liquors.
On Dec. 10, 1913 Washington, D.C. citizens saw their first mass march. The protesters were to demand a Prohibition Amendment.