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"Prohibition" (2011) More at IMDbPro »

Season: 1
Year: 2011


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: A Nation of Drunkards

2 October 2011
The 19th century was a period of growth both for alcoholic beverages and the temperance movement. Washingtonian societies - made up of men who had taken a pledge to forgo all alcoholic beverage - sprang up across the country. Women were often excluded from these groups and so formed their own. The women's crusade of 1873 was essentially a general strike by women who brought business to a halt. Their protest spread to 911 communities in 37 territories. However no laws had been changed and within a few years, saloons were back in business. In 1879, Frances E. Willard became the head of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, which she would lead for 19 years.It became a huge social welfare organization with 45 departments dealing with many issues other than temperance. Carrie Nation and her home defenders army started closing saloons in Kansas but it too failed to change laws. By the turn of the 20th century, there were some 300,000 saloons in America. Saloons were not only social centers but places where you could look for jobs or learn to speak English. The Anti-Saloon league was the most successful pressure group in America and the most effective in making alcohol a wedge issue. The brewers fought back but the temperance movement continued to grow, leading to the passing of the 19th Amendment.

Peter Coyote ... Himself - Narrator
Michael Lerner ... Himself - Historian

Daniel Okrent ... Himself - Writer
Pete Hamill ... Himself - Writer
Catherine Gilbert Murdock ... Herself - Historian
Martin Marty ... Himself - Theologian
Noah Feldman ... Himself - Legal Scholar
Jack Roche ... Himself - Resident of Chicago
William Leuchtenburg ... Himself - Historian

Philip Bosco ... Reader (voice)

Patricia Clarkson ... Eliza Hackett (voice)
Kevin Conway ... Reader (voice)

Blythe Danner ... Reader (voice)

Tom Hanks ... Reader (voice)

Jeremy Irons ... Reader (voice)

John Lithgow ... Reader (voice)

Josh Lucas ... Reader (voice)

Amy Madigan ... Reader (voice)

Carolyn McCormick ... Reader (voice)

Campbell Scott ... Reader (voice)

Frances Sternhagen ... Reader (voice)

Sam Waterston ... Reader (voice)
John Adams ... Himself (archive footage)
Susan B. Anthony ... Herself (archive footage)
William Jennings Bryan ... Himself (archive footage)
Adolphus Busch ... Himself (archive footage)
Josephus Daniels ... Himself (archive footage)
Frederick Douglass ... Himself (archive footage)
Neal Dow ... Himself (archive footage)
Myron T. Herrick ... Himself (archive footage)
Richmond P. Hobson ... Himself (archive footage)
Mary Hunt ... Herself (archive footage)
Carrie Nation ... Herself (archive footage)
Boies Penrose ... Himself (archive footage)
Howard Hyde Russell ... Himself (archive footage)
Morris Sheppard ... Himself (archive footage)
Elizabeth Cady Stanton ... Herself (archive footage)
Eliza Jane Thompson ... Herself (archive footage)
Booker T. Washington ... Himself (archive footage)
Wayne Bidwell Wheeler ... Himself (archive footage)
Frances Willard ... Herself (archive footage)
Woodrow Wilson ... Himself (archive footage)

Season 1, Episode 2: A Nation of Scofflaws

3 October 2011
With the passing of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, the federal government now passes legislation to enforce it. Known as the Volstead Act, the legislation forbids not only hard liquor but also beer and light wine which many legislators assumed would be exempted. Penalties as well were far harsher than many had expected. The ban on alcoholic beverages could not be complete as alcohol was required by many industrial processes. There were also exemptions for religious observances and for medicinal purposes. In fact, from the day the ban went into into effect,entrepreneurs found ways, some legal, most not - to get around the law. Some States had no legislation to implement the new amendment to the constitution and for the most part, the Federal government was left on its own to enforce it. Rum running. became big business with schooners plying their trade on both the Pacific and Atlantic sides of the U.S. By the mid-1920s many people had come to the conclusion that prohibition was a mistake. Those who drank were drinking more and with no way for government to regulate the illegal industry, they were also drinking bad liquor. Criminal gangs sprang up across the country but Chicago became synonymous with vice and booze.

Peter Coyote ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Donald Ward ... Himself - Resident of Washington, D.C.
Noah Feldman ... Himself - Legal Scholar
Catherine Gilbert Murdock ... Herself - Historian

Daniel Okrent ... Himself - Writer
Freddie Johnson ... Himself - Historian
Pete Hamill ... Himself - Writer
John Paul Stevens ... Himself - Resident of Chicago (as Justice John Paul Stevens)
Edwin T. Hunt Jr. ... Himself - Son of Edwin Hunt
Zeke Alpern ... Himself - Resident of New York City
Michael Lerner ... Himself - Historian
Dorothea Brown ... Herself - Resident of Maine
Sylvester Mather ... Himself - Resident of Kentucky
Margot Loines Wilkie ... Herself - Resident of Massachusetts
Jack Clarke ... Himself - Resident of Chicago
Jonathan Eig ... Himself - Writer
Roger Angell ... Himself - Resident of New York
Ruth Proskauer Smith ... Herself - Resident of New York
Jack Roche ... Himself - Resident of Chicago
John Caldwell ... Himself - Resident of Kentucky (as Reverend John Caldwell)
William Leuchtenburg ... Himself - Historian
Joshua Zeitz ... Himself - Historian
Patricia Olmstead McFarlane ... Herself - Daughter of Roy Olmstead

Patricia Clarkson ... Reader (voice)
Kevin Conway ... Reader (voice)

Paul Giamatti ... George Remus (voice)

Tom Hanks ... Reader (voice)

John Lithgow ... H.L. Mencken (voice)

Josh Lucas ... Reader (voice)

Campbell Scott ... Reader (voice)

Sam Waterston ... Reader (voice)
Louis D. Brandeis ... Himself (archive footage)

Al Capone ... Himself (archive footage)
Frank Capone ... Himself (archive footage)

Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage)
Calvin Coolidge ... Himself (archive footage)
Frank Costello ... Himself (archive footage)
Harry Daugherty ... Himself (archive footage)
John W. Davis ... Himself (archive footage)
Franklin Dodge ... Himself (archive footage)
Izzy Einstein ... Himself (archive footage)
Warren G. Harding ... Himself (archive footage)
Imogene Holmes ... Herself (archive footage)
Bertha Knight Landes ... Herself (archive footage)
Kennesaw Mountain Landis ... Himself (archive footage)
Lucky Luciano ... Himself (archive footage)
William Gibbs McAdoo Jr. ... Himself (archive footage)
William McCoy ... Himself (archive footage)
Dean O'Banion ... Himself (archive footage)
Roy Olmstead ... Himself (archive footage)
George Remus ... Himself (archive footage)
Arnold Rothstein ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Saltis ... Himself (archive footage)
Dutch Schultz ... Himself (archive footage)
Al Smith ... Himself (archive footage)
Jess Smith ... Himself (archive footage)
William Hale Thompson ... Himself (archive footage)
Johnny Torrio ... Himself (archive footage)
Andrew Volstead ... Himself (archive footage)
Wayne Bidwell Wheeler ... Himself (archive footage)
Mabel Willebrandt ... Herself (archive footage)

Season 1, Episode 3: A Nation of Hypocrites

4 October 2011
By the mid-1920s, a great many people had become convinced that prohibition was a serious mistake. Al Smith, the Governor of New York, was unsuccessful in getting the Democratic nomination for President in 1924 but succeeded in 1928. Smith was adamant that as President, he would repeal the 18th Amendment. He was not successful in seeking the Presidency though the fact that he was a Roman Catholic likely had more to do with his defeat. While alcohol consumption continued to rise, nothing demonstrated the failure of prohibition as did the rise of organized crime and the man who became the poster boy for crime and bootlegging, Al Capone. Soon, Pauline Sabin organized a national movement to restore the legal sale of alcoholic beverages. By the time 'Franklin Delano Roosevelt' was elected in 1932, beer was being sold and in less than a year, the 19th Amendment was repealed.

Peter Coyote ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Pete Hamill ... Himself - Writer
Jonathan Eig ... Himself - Writer
Michael Lerner ... Himself - Historian
Catherine Gilbert Murdock ... Herself - Historian
Ruth Proskauer Smith ... Herself - Resident of New York
Joshua Zeitz ... Himself - Historian
Margot Loines Wilkie ... Herself - Resident of Massachusetts
Jack Clarke ... Himself - Resident of Chicago
John Paul Stevens ... Himself - Resident of Chicago (as Justice John Paul Stevens)

Daniel Okrent ... Himself - Writer
William Leuchtenburg ... Himself - Historian (as William E. Leuchtenburg)
Noah Feldman ... Himself - Legal Scholar
Jack Roche ... Himself - Resident of Chicago
Pauline Sabin Smith Willis ... Herself - Granddaughter of Pauline Sabin

Studs Terkel ... Himself - Writer
Martin Marty ... Himself - Theologian
Edwin T. Hunt Jr. ... Himself - Resident of Seattle

Adam Arkin ... Reader (voice)

Philip Bosco ... Reader (voice)

Patricia Clarkson ... Reader (voice)

Samuel L. Jackson ... Reader (voice)

John Lithgow ... Reader (voice)

Oliver Platt ... Reader (voice)

Campbell Scott ... Reader (voice)

Joanne Tucker ... Reader (voice)

Sam Waterston ... Reader (voice)
Lincoln Clark Andrews ... Himself (archive footage)
Hiram Bingham III ... Himself (archive footage)
Ella Boole ... Herself (archive footage)
James Cannon Jr. ... Himself (archive footage)

Al Capone ... Himself (archive footage)

Duke Ellington ... Himself (archive footage)

Texas Guinan ... Herself (archive footage)
Herbert Hoover ... Himself (archive footage)
Fiorello LaGuardia ... Himself (archive footage)
Meyer Lansky ... Himself (archive footage)
Lois Long ... Herself (archive footage)
Bugs Moran ... Himself (archive footage)
Dean O'Banion ... Himself (archive footage)

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Harold Ross ... Himself (archive footage)
Pauline Sabin ... Herself (archive footage)
Morris Sheppard ... Himself (archive footage)
Alfred E. Smith ... Himself (archive footage)
William Hale Thompson ... Himself (archive footage)
Johnny Torrio ... Himself (archive footage)
Hymie Weiss ... Himself (archive footage)
Wayne Bidwell Wheeler ... Himself (archive footage)
Mabel Willebrandt ... Herself (archive footage)

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