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Prohibition - Episode 2: A Nation of Scofflaws

Streaming Video - 2011 Community Rating: 3 out of 5

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On January 16, 1920, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution goes into effect, making it illegal to manufacture, transport, or sell intoxicating liquor. As millions of law-abiding Americans become lawbreakers overnight, enforcement of the new law is almost impossible. A lawyer in Cincinnati and a policeman in Seattle jettison their careers for the far more profitable trade of bootlegging. Across the country, in countless backyards, chicken coops, and basements, Americans brew their own brands of moonshine, beer, and wine. The Prohibitionists have their law and the people have their alcohol, and, for a time, it seems everybody is happy. But rampant corruption threatens to corrode the entire judicial system, from the local policemen on the beat to the highest echelons of power in the capital
Memories of a Bootlegger Father (2:16)
Prohibition's Abiders (2:29)
Prohibition's Defiers (2:23)
Volstead Act (2:47)
Exceptions to Volstead Act (3:19)
Challenges of Federal Prohibition Enforcement (2:41)
Enforcement on State & Local Levels (2:05)
Obeying Prohibition (1:26)
Roy Olmstead's Seattle Gang (4:28)
Olmstead's Nonviolent Bootleg Gang (1:55)
Small Business Bootlegging (1:53)
Prohibition in New York City (2:12)
Inefficacy of NYC Prohibition Bureau (2:16)
Crackdown on Prohibition in NYC (2:39)
Profile of a Prohibition Agent (4:33)
George Remus's Empire (5:35)
Remus's Top Tier Bribery (2:24)
Rum Running (3:46)
Mabel Walker Willebrandt (3:42)
Willebrandt's Banner Prosecution of Bootleggers (2:41)
Rise in Alcoholism & Dangerous Consequences (1:49)
Gangs & Organized Crime (3:11)
Al Capone & The Chicago Outfit (2:57)
Al Capone & Chicago Lawlessness (2:38)
Proliferation of Home Brewing (4:50)
Moonshiners (4:17)
1924 Democratic National Convention Issues (2:03)
1924 Democratic National Convention Candidates (2:41)
1924 Democratic National Convention Outcome (3:12)
Conviction of George Remus (4:19)
Remus's Controversial Life in & After Prison (4:22)
Tale of a Prohibition Raid Evasion (1:41)
Wiretapping & Arrest of Roy Olmstead (5:32)
Trial of Roy Olmsteaed (2:02)
Supreme Court Opinion on Wiretapping (1:59)
Prohibition's Widespread Effects & Regrets (2:03)
Credits: A Nation of Scofflaws: Prohibition-A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (2:42)


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Ken Burns' Prohibition

Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.), 2011
Year Published: 2011
Format: Streaming Video

Alcoholic beverage law violations
United States