Stella Adler

TV preview: 'Prohibition'

TV preview: 'Prohibition'

On the last day of July, Ken Burns had his first drink of the year.

Sitting in Trader Vic's at the Beverly Hilton hotel and talking about his upcoming documentary "Prohibition," the filmmaker bypassed the bar's traditional mai tai and instead went for a pour of prosecco. Not unlike the nation itself when Prohibition was repealed in 1933, Burns seemed pleased at his transition from "dry" to "wet."

But while Burns' decision to order a drink was quickly made, Americans debated for more than a century about whether to ban the sale of alcohol. Apart from slavery and the role of African Americans in American life, no social issue in our history took...

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