“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Return to Prohibition…

Posted on March 26, 2011 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…kenburns

   Ken Burns is promoting his newest documentary entitled Prohibition. Highlights of his work will be featured this weekend at a meeting at the National Constitution Center. The forum entitled Civility & Democracy  in America will be taped for a future broadcast.

Raid_at_elk_lake   The Volstead Act took effect from 1920 to 1933, and was a part the 18th Amendment to the Constitution. Initially, President Wilson vetoed the bill, but the veto was overridden by Congress. Unintended effects of prohibition were that booklegging became popular; organized crime thrived; and the speakeasy emerged. The F.B.I. became the chief federal enforcement of the law. Also, Alcoholics Anonymous was eventually created as a self-help solution to a growing nationwide drinking problem.

   The repeal of the 18th Amendment occurred on December 5th, 1933, as part of the 21st Amendment. This may have been President Roosevelt’s most popular policy from his New Deal.

   The new 5 1/2-hour, three-part series, premieres this fall on PBS.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

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