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Show of the week: Prohibition

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tackle the federal ban on alcohol, which lasted from 1920 through 1933.

In this three-night documentary series, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick chronicle Progressive-era America’s “Noble Experiment”—the federal ban on alcohol, which lasted from 1920 through 1933. Part 1 traces the temperance movement’s roots in religious fervor. Part 2 examines enforcement challenges and unintended consequences, including violent crime and increased drinking by women. Part 3 shows how the law eroded social mores by turning millions of citizens into outlaws, thus feeding the disillusionment that led to repeal. Sunday–Tuesday, Oct. 2–4, at 8 p.m., PBS; check local listings

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