Prohibition Comes in Three Shots, erm, Installments

Just the beginning of the headlines caused by the 18th Amendment
Just the beginning of the headlines caused by the 18th Amendment

We thought it looked great when we saw the trailer for Prohibition, and Ken Burns’ newest documentary airs tonight, Monday, and Tuesday.

According to the Times-Picayune’s interview with Burns at nola.com:

“The bromide that Prohibition seemed to suggest (is) that you could fix everything about society if you could eliminate alcohol. We not only didn’t fix everything about society, we made half the nation lawbreakers, and we created organized crime and a host of other horrific unintended consequences, and I think it’s given us in America pause. We hope that it will foster a lot of discussions, but we would be the last, as historians interested in just telling good stories, to try to promote what the national dialogue is.”

Watch the preview at PBS.org

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Comments

  1. Terrie Farley Moran

    Thanks for this reminder. I ran and set the DVR.

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