Ken Burns Classroom

Retribution

Ken Burns Film: Prohibition

Collections: Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930)

Subject: US History

Grade Level: 7-12

Video Run Time: 8:55

The Anti-Saloon League (ASL), dedicated to getting rid of alcohol, becomes one of America’s preeminent political machines. Through the tireless efforts of its operative, Wayne Wheeler, the ASL becomes a “kingmaker,” helping elect politicians who support its cause and destroying those who do not.