"Demon Rum" Alcohol Prohibition Documentary

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Discusses life under prohibition. This excellent film offers a rare treat for a documentary. Through a cast of fascinating characters who provide colorful interviews and sweet jazz music of the period- the version of Sweet Lorraine will haunt you, you are pulled back in time to 1920s and 30s Detroit. The stage for the coming of prohibition is set and then a story of Ford's grandiose plan unfolds. The archival footage and excellent first person descriptions will leave you yearning to have been a part of the era.The failure of Prohibition parallels Ford's failure to control events beyond his power. The eventual overturning of the 18th Amendment was inevitable not just because of the Great Depression but because democracy did work.


PBS American Experience Films, David McCullough


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