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Prohibition


"PROHIBITION" is a three-part, five-and-a-half-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that 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 improve, even to ennoble, the lives of all Americans, to protect individuals, families, and society at large from the devastating effects of alcohol abuse. But the enshrining of a faith-driven moral code in the Constitution paradoxically caused millions of Americans to rethink their definition of morality (Source: PBS)
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Conclusion. The factors that led to the end of prohibition are detailed, as the criminalization of alcohol feeds large profits into the coffers of criminal organizations and turns such gangsters as Al Capone into celebrities. Wealthy Pauline Sabin encourages the repeal of the 18th Amendment; and brings together women from all classes who support her position. The 21st Amendment, which repeals the 18th, is adopted after FDR's 1932 election and by late 1933 people can again legally buy drinks.

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Executive Producer: Ken Burns

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Warning: Prohibition guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Mini-Series
Genre: Anthology | Educational | Family | History
Status: New Series
Network: PBS ( USA)
Airs: Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 120 Minutes
Premiere: October 02, 2011
Episode Order: 3
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