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Prohibition

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Acclaimed documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick present the story of America's 'Great Experiment.' The three-part series traces the American populace from 'a nation of drunkards' in the mid-1800s to 'a nation of scofflaws' starting in 1920—when previously law-abiding citizens skirted the ban on alcohol—and finally to 'a nation of hypocrites' in the late 20s and early 30s, when it became clear that prohibition was a failure. With 'Prohibition,' Burns and Novick go beyond the tales of rum runners, flappers and speakeasies to reveal a complicated and divided nation of 'wets' and 'drys'—a nation that set out to guard against the harmful effects of alcohol abuse by weaving a faith-driven moral code into the Constitution, but that paradoxically caused millions of its citizens to redefine morality.

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