Wisconsin connections to Ken Burns’ Prohibition

September 29, 2011 Erik Ernst Leave a Comment

Ken Burns’ much-anticipated new documentary, Prohibition, premieres at 7 p.m. this Sunday. You can start to explore some Wisconsin perspective on the subject of “America’s Great Experiment” now with two insightful interview presentations from University Place Presents.

Watch them both below:
In this presentation, host Norman Gilliland interviews Deborah Blum, Professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and author of “The Poisoner’s Handbook,” about the cultural and political history of Prohibition. Included are the extreme lengths Americans went to in order to evade the law and obtain alcohol.

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In this second presentation, Gilliland interviews Booth Fowler, Professor Emeritus in the UW-Madison Department of Political Science and author of “Wisconsin Votes: An Electoral History,” on the history of how the 18th amendment to the constitution became law, with a focus on Wisconsin and its beer culture.

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