Prohibition (3 x 120′) – Documentary series set in the era of bathtub gin, bootleggers and speakeasies, the series tells the true story of the rise, rule and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It was called the Noble Experiment, but it was in fact one of America’s most notorious civic failures, an object lesson in the challenge of legislating human behavior. The series starts with the story of America’s growing concern about alcohol abuse in the 19th century. Saloons and taverns flourished with the growing availability of hard liquor, and with them, a culture of men that neglected and abused their wives and children in favor of liquor. Families were being destroyed, and many feared that the American social fabric would disintegrate.
Producer: Ken Burns / Lynn Novick
TX: 2nd, 3rd and 4th October, 2011