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PROHIBITION, directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the story of the rise, rule and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The film starts with the early history of alcohol in America and examines the 19th-century temperance and progressive movements through the repeal of the 18th Amendment in 1933. This 6-hour, three part documentary also includes over 2 hours of bonus content.
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4.8

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Wonderful Job!

It was wonderful and insightful, I recal the first time i saw it....At the time i was studing the roaring twenties in th 11th grade and we soon after started reading the ...Read complete review

It was wonderful and insightful, I recal the first time i saw it....At the time i was studing the roaring twenties in th 11th grade and we soon after started reading the great gatsby and later focused in on prohibition....i was scrolling through the channels( I did not have cable at the time) and i came aross this...it was just about to come on and I guess I watched about five or six minutes and i was sorta sucked in.It goes alot further than my text book and the basics I learned about in school. I knew i was a nerd and i embraced it, I always asked questions like why and how... this time period is one i will forever love to talk about but seeing as im southern,a female and a african american one attending a public school my curiosity was not always liked or respected....This really aswerd alot of the burning questions my book and teacher didnt.It really helped put the peices together.Im 18 now and in college and I have seen this about five or so times.Prohibition was beautifuly flowing and Im no critic but I think Mr Burns and Mr Novick did a wonderful job.

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Nothing about Joe Kennedy's Rum Running

There was a glaring omission in this series: While naming the major rum runners in New England, there was NO mention of one of the biggest: Joe Kennedy, father of John Kennedy, who...Read complete review

There was a glaring omission in this series: While naming the major rum runners in New England, there was NO mention of one of the biggest: Joe Kennedy, father of John Kennedy, who, to this day, gets money from the Canadian liquor interests. What happened, Ken Burns, did the kennedys pay you off??????

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5.0

Every American should see this.

By Shining River

from Bartow, Florida

Comments about PBS Ken Burns: Prohibition DVD:

The insights from this documentary can be applied to present day challenges such as the abortion issue. It demonstrates that Reversing Roe is not the way to go, etc. In this documentary well meaning people were going about solving a problem in the wrong way making the situation worse.

 
4.0

I'll drink to that!

By Ron the Docuholic

from Asheville, NC

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Comments about PBS Ken Burns: Prohibition DVD:

Once again, Ken Burns has turned it out! This is a very good documentary about a time which few of us really understand or know a lot about. The period music adds just enough pop to make this a very enjoyable History lesson.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Wonderful Job!

By Whitney B

from Columbia, SC

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Comments about PBS Ken Burns: Prohibition DVD:

It was wonderful and insightful, I recal the first time i saw it....At the time i was studing the roaring twenties in th 11th grade and we soon after started reading the great gatsby and later focused in on prohibition....i was scrolling through the channels( I did not have cable at the time) and i came aross this...it was just about to come on and I guess I watched about five or six minutes and i was sorta sucked in.It goes alot further than my text book and the basics I learned about in school. I knew i was a nerd and i embraced it, I always asked questions like why and how... this time period is one i will forever love to talk about but seeing as im southern,a female and a african american one attending a public school my curiosity was not always liked or respected....This really aswerd alot of the burning questions my book and teacher didnt.It really helped put the peices together.Im 18 now and in college and I have seen this about five or so times.Prohibition was beautifuly flowing and Im no critic but I think Mr Burns and Mr Novick did a wonderful job.

 
5.0

Reinforced what I had always believed.

By Libertarian At Heart

from Washington DC

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Comments about PBS Ken Burns: Prohibition DVD:

The 18th and 21st Amendments are the two blackest marks on our Constitution. It just goes to show what can happen when short-sighted legislators fail to consider the adverse downstream consequences of their legislation.

This program makes one question the efficacy of today's War on Drugs. This program shows that Prohibition clearly didn't work as intended--in fact, alcohol consumption actually rose during Prohibition. Also, Prohibition gave rise to the greatest organized crime spree America had faced up to that point.

With the current War on Drugs (which has resulted in the growing home and car security industries), isn't history just repeating itself? This excellent program gets one thinking.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

excellent

By bushman

from san francisco

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Comments about PBS Ken Burns: Prohibition DVD:

cover all behind the scenes action leading to enactment and repeal of prohibition

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