Drinks, Crime and Prohibition

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Drinks, Crime and Prohibition
Gangsters and G-Men
Episode 2  |  The History Channel  |  July 9, 2020

The 18th Amendment is unique: it was the first amendment to restrict the rights of citizens rather than expand them, and the only amendment ever to be repealed. It marks the beginning of the Prohibition era, an enormous national experiment of morality. As the centenary of its passage approaches, we look back on this iconic period in American history, peeling away the romantic myths and exploring the complex historical realities. A period of extraordinary tension in American history, and already the subject of countless explorations, both fictional and non-fictional, this two-hour special gives audiences a new, dynamic and entertaining perspective on the era.

The 18th Amendment is unique: it was the first amendment to restrict the rights of citizens rather than expand them, and the only amendment ever to be repealed. It marks the beginning of the Prohibition era, an enormous national experiment of morality. As the centenary of its passage approaches, we look back on this iconic period in American history, peeling away the romantic myths and exploring the complex historical realities. A period of extraordinary tension in American history, and already the subject of countless explorations, both fictional and non-fictional, this two-hour special gives audiences a new, dynamic and entertaining perspective on the era.

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