Sunday, October 16, 2011

Prohibition, by Ken Burns

I finally finished watching Prohibition, the new Ken Burns film, on the DVR.  It was typically good Burns.  The story is told in three parts:

  1. A Nation of Drunkards
  2. A Nation of Scofflaws
  3. A Nation of Hypocrites
Glad we got that straight.

The most interesting thing to me was how the women's movement and the prohibition movement used each other.  And that when the time came to ditch this law, it was another women's movement that was right out front.  Also, that the institution of an income tax is a huge part of what made Prohibition possible.

We see the urban versus rural perspectives.  We hear the gangster stories.  Burns did make a point of showing the big soup kitchen built in Chicago during the Depression; built by Al Capone.  

Overall, this was totally worth my time to watch.  Last thought:

One of those interviewed at the end made an observation:

It was easier to get a drink during Prohibition than it is now.

1 comment:

John W said...

I got the DVD of this the other day. Looking forward to watching it.