PROHIBITION, 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. The film starts with the early history of alcohol in America and examines the 19th-century temperance and progressive movements through the repeal of the 18th Amendment in 1933. This 6-hour, three part documentary also includes over 2 hours of bonus content.
As Ken Burns explains in his remarkable 6 hour presentation "Prohibition" when the Eighteenth Amendment went into effect on January 17, 1920 no one was quite sure how it all was going to play out. The road that led to the passage of the Volstead Act in 1919 had been a long and arduous one. The American Temperance Society had been calling for such a law for nearly a century. Through an unlikely coalition that included both conservatives and progressives what was deemed the "Noble Experiment" … more