Ken Burns Classroom

The Absolute Shall

Ken Burns Film: Prohibition

Collections: Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930)

Subject: US History

Grade Level: 7-12

Video Run Time: 6:25

The early temperance movement believed voluntary abstinence from alcohol was the best for redemption from sin. But gradually, it becomes apparent that the temptation is too powerful and for temperance to be successful, the problem of drink will have to be overcome through legislation.