The story of the American activist struggle against the influence of alcohol, climaxing in the failed early 20th century nationwide era when it was banned.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
...  Himself - Narrator 3 episodes, 2011
Pete Hamill ...  Himself - Writer 3 episodes, 2011
Catherine Gilbert Murdock ...  Herself - Historian 3 episodes, 2011
Michael Lerner ...  Himself - Historian 3 episodes, 2011
...  Himself - Writer 3 episodes, 2011
Noah Feldman ...  Himself - Legal Scholar 3 episodes, 2011
Jack Roche ...  Himself - Resident of Chicago 3 episodes, 2011
William Leuchtenburg ...  Himself - Historian 3 episodes, 2011
...  Reader / ... 3 episodes, 2011
...  Reader / ... 3 episodes, 2011
...  Reader 3 episodes, 2011
...  Reader 3 episodes, 2011
John Paul Stevens ...  Himself - Resident of Chicago 2 episodes, 2011
Jonathan Eig ...  Himself - Writer 2 episodes, 2011
Margot Loines Wilkie ...  Herself - Resident of Massachusetts 2 episodes, 2011
Martin Marty ...  Himself - Theologian 2 episodes, 2011
Jack Clarke ...  Himself - Resident of Chicago 2 episodes, 2011
Ruth Proskauer Smith ...  Herself - Resident of New York 2 episodes, 2011
Edwin T. Hunt Jr. ...  Himself - Resident of Seattle / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Joshua Zeitz ...  Himself - Historian 2 episodes, 2011
...  Reader 2 episodes, 2011
Kevin Conway ...  Reader 2 episodes, 2011
...  Reader 2 episodes, 2011
...  Reader 2 episodes, 2011
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Throughout American history, heavy alcohol consumption has been a pervasive part of its national social character. However in the 1800s, a growing Temperance movement arose determined to oppose the destructive habit by any means necessary. This series tells the story of this crusade until it achieved its ultimate goal of passing the 18th Amendment of the US Constitution which imposed prohibition. After that victory, the series covers this social reform's disastrous unintended consequences that encouraged clandestine drinking and organized crime while undermining civil liberties and society's respect for the law in ways that still reverberate today. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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How did a nation founded on rights ever go so wrong?


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A very thorough look at prohibition from all sides
23 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

This huge three-part series covers a lot of ground on not only the failed prohibition laws in the US but also of America's turbulent love affair with alcohol.


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