S1 Ep5 - A Nation Of Hypocrites

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Nation of Hypocrites - The conclusion of director Ken Burn's epic story of the rise and fall of Prohibition. By the close of the 1920s, many blame the law for the rise of criminal syndicates, promiscuity, and a sense that the entire government is corrupted. Once the Great Depression sets in, Americans begin to re-examine their priorities. By December of 1933, Prohibition's reign finally comes to an end under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and for the first time in thirteen years, Americans ca...

S1 Ep4 - A Sea Of Rum

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A Sea of Rum - Director Ken Burns tells the story of the rise and fall of Prohibition and the entire era it encompassed. In the Jazz Age of the mid-1920s, illegal bars called speakeasies become a symbol of glamorous city nightlife as reporters like Lois Long of The New Yorker chronicle their generation's glittering debauchery. In Chicago, Al Capone becomes a celebrity, holding press conferences to promote his image while his murderous gang rises in power. To many, Prohibition looks more and mor...

S1 Ep3 - Murder And Mayhem

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Murder and Mayhem - Director Ken Burns tells the story of the rise and fall of Prohibition and the entire era it encompassed. In the early 1920s, while some Americans attempt to honour the Prohibition law, millions more chafe at its unintended consequences. Savvy gangsters make unprecedented profits in the beer trade, resulting in violent territorial grabs for power in cities like Chicago and Detroit. A polarising cultural difference divides America in two: the mostly 'wet', diverse cities and ...

S1 Ep2 - Scofflaw

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Scofflaw - On January 16, 1920, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution comes into effect, making it illegal to manufacture, transport or sell intoxicating liquor. This episode examines the problems of enforcement, as millions of law-abiding Americans become lawbreakers overnight. While a significant portion of the country is willing to adapt to the new law, others are shocked at how inconsistent the Volstead Act actually is. Many had believed that light beer would still be available, but this i...

S1 Ep1 - Nation Of Drunkards

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Nation of Drunkards - From director Ken Burns, the story of Prohibition's rise and fall is a compelling saga that 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 momentous transformation. Prohibition turned law-abiding citizens into criminals, made a mockery of the justice system, and caused illicit drinking to seem glamorous and fun. (From the US) (Documentary Series) (Part 1 of 5) (Rpt) PG CC