A Nation of Hypocrites
S1 E3 - 1h 46m
Gangsters make huge profits and wreak havoc in cities across the country. By the late 1920s, many Americans believe that Prohibition has failed. After the election of FDR in 1932, Prohibition is repealed
A Nation of Scofflaws
S1 E2 - 1h 51m
In 1920, Prohibition goes into effect and millions of law-abiding Americans become lawbreakers overnight. Drys had hoped Prohibition would make the country a safer place, but the law has many victims
A Nation of Drunkards
S1 E1 - 1h 36m
The story of Prohibition's rise and fall is a compelling saga that goes far beyond the oft-told tales of gangsters, flappers, and speakeasies, to reveal a complicated and divided nation in the throes of momentous transformation.
Extras + Features
Margot Loines Wilkie: On Dating
S1 - 43s
Margot Loines Wilkie talks about what dating was like in the 1920's and the changing sexual mores of women.
S1 - 7m 44s
Lois Long, pen-name 'Lipstick,' wrote about speakeasies for the New Yorker. Women who could not afford to live the decadent lifestyle got to read about her exploits.
The Gender Barrier is Broken
S1 - 6m 51s
Prohibition led in a sexual revolution for women. Drinking at speakeasies, mixing more with men, flappers broke from the repression of their suffragette mothers' time.
Al Capone Murder to Massacre
S1 - 7m 31s
Feb. 14, 1929: George Moran's gang is gunned down in cold blood and Capone is thought to have ordered the hit.
S1 - 8m 54s
The Anti Saloon League successfully combined propaganda, religion and political coercion to make alcohol a wedge issue in elections.
S1 - 1m 40s
Don Ward talks about his father, Paul hiding illegal alcohol in Arlington Cemetery.
The Time is Now
S1 - 13m 20s
With the passage of the 16th Amendment, the Goverment no longer needed taxes from Alcohol. By 1914 a prohibition amendment seemed within reach.
S1 - 10m 2s
Pauline Sabin, an heiress disillusioned with the Republican party, began the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform.
S1 - 7m 33s
Carry Nation was the president of her local Kansas chapter of the WCTU. She vandalized saloons across Kansas in 1900, smashing them up with a hatchet.
Ken Burns: Civility and Democracy
S1 - 1m 16s
Ken Burns discusses civility and democracy at the National Constitution Center.
The Immigrant Invasion
S1 - 1m 53s
Tensions emerged between native born Americans and the newly arrived immigrants.
The Volstead Act
S1 - 3m 15s
The Volstead Act was much stricter than most Americans had anticipated, including Wine and Beer in Prohibition.
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