Prohibition and Ken Burns

Ken Burns is one of the masters of creating historical documentaries.

Among some of my favorites from his works include: “Baseball,” “Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson” and “Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery.”

A couple of nights ago I was looking through my the documentaries section on Netflix and I saw “Prohibtion,” presented by Burns and Lynn Novick, and I decided to spend a few nights watching it installments.

As with a lot of Burns’ documentaries, “Prohibition” is lengthy, with three episodes, of all of them a little less than two hours. If you are able to sit still long enough and watch marathons of television non-stop, then you could probably finish this series in an afternoon.

What intrigued me about this documentary was how Burns explored the deep history of prohibition and touches on why it was started, who were the key players in bringing the law to the table and the different forces that were in favor and against it. He also shows the consequences that prohibition had on the United States.

My favorite part of the series was in the third episode where he touched upon the gang warfare over the bootlegging business.

All in all, I highly recommend this documentary.


About Al Stover

I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. I currently work as a Staff Reporter for the Cheney Free Press. I have interviewed characters like cage fighters, drag queens and dungeon masters. I like Batman, coffee, MMA and beer.

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