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I Thought I Knew Something About Prohibition...

Well, it turns out I didn’t know squat.  Once again, I gladly enrolled at the University of Ken Burns.  After watching his stunning 5 ½ hour Prohibition documentary about a remarkable chapter of America’s history, I realized I’ve been uninformed at best.  At worst, I must be a complete dunce.  The story of alcoholism, morality and values spans more than a hundred years, so the ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment didn’t happen overnight.  Prohibition was supposed to be the answer to so many of our problems.  It wasn’t.  Law-abiding citizens became criminals…. and thugs not only got rich, they became celebrities.  Catch this excellent film if you can.  You’ll see why Prohibition is a lot more than machine guns and Al Capone.  And why we’re still asking relevant questions about the role of government in people’s lives, and who is – and who is not – a real American. OrangeCountyArchives photo

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10/05/2011 8:30AM
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