Ken Burns Classroom

Terribly Wonderful

Ken Burns Film: Prohibition

Collections: Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930)

Subject: US History

Grade Level: 7-12

Video Run Time: 9:12

Beer brewing and distilled spirits become major industries in America, franchising their products through the saloons. These establishments become neighborhood institutions serving as working-class social clubs, political headquarters, and an escape from the harsh realities of urban life. Entire sections of cities are designated for saloons and the less honorable activities associated with them.