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PROHIBITION tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed. Prohibition was intended to protect all Americans from the devastating effects of alcohol abuse. But, paradoxically, the enshrining of a faith-driven moral code in the Constitution caused millions of Americans to rethink their definition of morality.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick discuss their film, Prohibition.
By the late 1920s, many Americans believe that Prohibition has failed.
In 1920, Prohibition goes into effect and millions of citizens become lawbreakers.
Funding is provided by Bank of America; PBS; CPB; The National Endowment for the Humanities; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; members of the Better Angels Society, including the Montrone Family through The Penates Foundation; and Park Foundation, Inc.
PROHIBITION tells the story of the rise and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment.
Ken Burns discusses civility and democracy at the National Constitution Center.
Ken Burns discusses episode one of Prohibition.
Lynn Novick discusses episode one of Prohibition.
Watch the first minutes of episode one 'A Nation of Drunkards.'
Sexual mores start to change for Women during Prohibition.
Sylvester Mather talks about his father, Frank's tragic career as a Prohibition agent.
Paul Ward was a D.C. Bootlegger whose business took him into the Capital Building.
Wayne Wheeler was the general counsel for the Anti-Saloon League.
More folks lived in cities then the country in the beginning of the 20th century.
With the passage of the 16th Amendment, the Goverment no longer needed taxes from Alcohol