This series, directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the era it encompassed. The culmination of nearly a century of activism, Prohibition was intended to protect individuals, families, and society at large from the devastating effects of alcohol abuse. But a faith-driven moral code in the Constitution paradoxically caused millions of Americans to rethink their definition of morality. Prohibition turned law-abiding citizens into criminals, made a mockery of the justice system, caused illicit drinking to seem glamorous, encouraged neighborhood gangs to become national crime syndicates, and fostered cynicism and hypocrisy that corroded the social contract all across the country.
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PBS Previews | ProhibitionA 30 minute preview of Prohibition and a Q&A with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.
S1 E3: A Nation of HypocritesGangsters make huge profits and wreak havoc in cities across the country. By the ...
S1 E2: A Nation of ScofflawsIn 1920, Prohibition goes into effect and millions of law-abiding Americans ...
S1 E1: A Nation of DrunkardsThe story of Prohibition's rise and fall is a compelling saga that goes far ...