Classroom resources for Ken Burns’ PROHIBITION

Source: Library of Congress archives

Prohibition is a three-part, five-and-a-half-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed.  The series premiere may just have ended, but you can catch replays throughout the week on WGBY.

Prohibition will continue to live on as a fantastic classroom resource for teaching American history, Government, and other parts of the curriculum.  The series has a great For Educators section of the website featuring great lesson plans and snapshot activities.  Lesson plans span the course of several periods whereas snapshot activities are useful in short time periods. Here’s just a glimpse at some of the classroom activities:

“Whispering Wires”: Public Law vs. Civil Liberties

The Politics of Prohibition

Snapshot Activities: The Music of Prohibition, Prohibition Characters, Prohibition Editorial Cartoons and more

We hope you’ll make great use of these classroom resources!


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