Drinks, Crime and Prohibition

The legacy of Prohibition is one of failure. Instead of making a more sober America, it weakened the nation’s respect for the rule of law, enabled the expansion of organized crime, and turned city streets into battlefields. But it was also an era of great consequence, prompting federal criminal law enforcement and the expansion of the U.S. prison system. Revisit this defining moment in American history to see how it shaped the course of the 20th century and how its impact still reverberates to this day.
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Jun 18, 2018

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In the 1920s, Americans blatantly ignore Prohibition, while gangsters and small-time bootleggers use it as an excuse to build a gigantic underground industry. Up until this point, the federal role in crime prevention barely existed, but new president Hebert Hoover marshals the power of the state against it and Al Capone, the nation’s most famous outlaw. Witness their epic battle, which reshaped American law enforcement as we know it, and see how changing attitudes and a national crisis finally brought an end to the ban on liquor.
Jun 18, 2018
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