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Title Prohibition: A Nation Of Hypocrites - Ep 5 of 5 / Director: Burns, Ken
Published Australia : SBS ONE, 2011
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Summary From 1920-1933, America banned the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol for consumption nationally. During this 13-year period referred to as 'Prohibition', millions of Americans reacted by turning away from the moralistic universe it apotheosised.The culmination of nearly a century of activism, 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.This five-part series tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution and the entire era it encompassed. It goes far beyond the oft-told tales of gangsters, rum runners, flappers, and speakeasies, to reveal a complicated and divided nation in the throes of transformation.By the close of the 1920s, many blamed the law for the rise of criminal syndicates, promiscuity, and a sense that the entire government was corrupted. Once the Great Depression hit, Americans began to re-examine their priorities. By December of 1933, Prohibition's reign finally came to an end under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and for the first time in thirteen years, Americans could once again legally buy a drink. (From the US) (Documentary Series) (Final) PG CC Follow the conversation on Twitter #SBSdoco
Event Broadcast 2012-10-27 at 20:30:00
Notes Classification: PG
Subject Alcoholism -- Physiological effect.
Alcoholism -- Prevention.
Alcoholism -- Social aspects.
Alcoholism and crime.
Liquor laws -- U.S. states.
United States.
Form Streaming video
Author Burns, Ken, director
Novick, Lynn, director
Coyote, Peter, cast