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I watched all three episodes of Ken Burns' documentary <b>Prohibition.</b><br><br>
I think it was excellent, although I think the first two episodes were better than the third.<br><br>
Burns showed how historical events were interlaced. For example, I did not understand before watching the documentary how the income tax amendment and the prohibition amendment were interconnected. At one point over 70 percent of federal revenues came from alcohol taxes. Only by implementing an alternative tax could the federal government free itself from dependence upon taxes on the sale of alcohol. Once the income tax passed, alcohol could be banned.<br><br>
Also interesting was the connection between prohibition and the First World War. The First World War involved a nearly insane hatred of Germany and all things German. But almost all the advocates of the legal sale of beer were brewers of German ancestry.<br><br>
Hatred of things German was so extreme that people began killing dachshunds on sight.<br><br>
The hatred of Roman Catholics and the first major-party Presidential candidate Al Smith<br>
was also a revelation.<br><br>
Protestant minister Billy Sunday reportedly said: "I'd rather see a [N-word] in the White House than see Al Smith as President."<br><br>
More later, but basically this is a great documentary.
 

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Ah! I'm so excited to see it. My boyfriend now is into all things history, and we're both very into all things 1920's, so he recorded it on his DVR and we'll be watching it next week, needless to say I'm deliriously excited about seeing, and can't wait to read anything you add your post/reply!
 

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I have all 3 episodes recorded but probably won't have a chance to sit down and watch it until at least Saturday.
 

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Hatred of things German was so extreme that people began killing dachshunds on sight.<br></div>
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They said Dachhunds were stoned to death. I wonder if these were public displays or what, And how often.<br><br>
I don't even know what it had to do with prohibition, but I have the one scene stuck in my head, where they showed some outdoor market with live Ducks sitting on a table, and a Women handing someone a dead Duck held up-side-down by the Ducks feet, right in front of the live Ducks. And those live Ducks were where people passing by could really have close eye to eye contact with them.
 
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