Aired Friday May 7, 8:35am - 9:40amon PBS


A Nation of Hypocrites

By the close of the 1920s, many blame the law for the rise of criminal syndicates, promiscuity, and a sense that the entire government is corrupted. Once the Great Depression sets in, Americans begin to re-examine their priorities. By December of 1933, Prohibition's reign finally comes to an end under President Franklin D Roosevelt, and for the first time in 13 years, Americans can legally buy a drink.

Documentary / History / Law / Miniseries
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Cast and crew
  • Ken BurnsDirector
  • Lynn NovickDirector
  • Peter CoyoteNarrator