“It turned citizens into criminals, and criminals into kings. It changed the very nature of our democracy—twice. Prohibition.”
DOCUMENTARY MASTER Ken Burns and producer Lynn Novick are about to release a new film focused on the rise and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment. What happens when the government starts forbidding the things we love? Complete chaos. Murder, debauchery, sex, jazz, and the 20s. On the other hand, a strong women’s movement emerging to battle the odds.
“What a stupid idea it was to think people could actually get away this,” says one historian.
I’d have to agree. Burns’ collection of video footage and photography for PROHIBITION is outstanding, and if you’d like to watch for yourself, check out the premiere on PBS from October 2nd-4th at 8 PM EST.