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        Flappers, Speakeasies, and Raids | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        View images of speakeasies, flappers, homemade stills, and liquor raids during prohibition. From 1920-1933, the United States was a dry country. The 18th Amendment to the Constitution prohibited the making, transportation, and sale of alcohol. The law, as explained in the Ken Burns’ film Prohibition, “turned law-abiding citizens into criminals.” Americans went to illegal bars, called “speakeasies,” on the sly to drink. Some made moonshine at home. The Volstead Act was created to support the enforcement of the 18th Amendment, but many police officers were bribed or became bootleggers themselves. The moral attitudes of the American public loosened. 

        A So-Called "Flapper" | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        A so-called "flapper" flouts the Volstead Act by carrying a whiskey flask in her garter in the 1920s. Source: John Binder Collection.

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        Prohibition Raid | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        New York City Deputy Police Commissioner John A. Leach, right, watches agents pour liquor into a sewer after a raid in 1921. After the Mullan-Gage Act was repealed in 1923, New York Police were no longer bound to enforce Prohibition. Source: The Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Chicago Speakeasy | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        A dead body found in a Chicago speakeasy in the 1920s. Source: Michael Yore Graham.

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        Liquor Raid in Philadelphia | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        Philadelphia County Detectives make the first raid under the order given to them by the District Attorney John Monaghan to "go out and bring them in." Source: Redux Pictures.

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        Corn Liquor Confiscated | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        Corn liquor is confiscated by prohibition officials near Waldorf, Maryland, 1922. Source: Culver Pictures.

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        Plainclothes Police with Guns | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        Plainclothes police with guns stand by a car in New Orleans, LA, in the 1920s. Source: University of New Orleans.

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        Woman Pours Alcohol from Secret Cane Flask | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        Woman seated at a soda fountain table is pouring alcohol into a cup from a cane, during Prohibition. A large Coca-Cola advertisement is visible on the wall. Source: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Men in Front of Joe's Place Bar | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        Men in front of Joe's Place Bar drinking beers, Chicago. Source: Chicago History Museum.

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        Moonshine | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        Three thousand gallons of moonshine are confiscated during a violent raid in Florida during the 1920s. Source: John Binder Collection.

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        Speakeasy Patrons | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        Speakeasy patrons offer a farewell toast to Prohibition, which took effect in December, 1933. Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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        Raid on Moonshine Still, Kentucky | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        Raid on moonshine still in Kentucky. Source: Kentucky Historical Society.

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        Homemade Stills | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        Many Americans experimented with homemade stills to make alcohol for home consumption or to sell illegally during Prohibition. This one was busted during a raid in Detroit in the 1920s. Source: Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University.

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        Sheriff's Deputies and Prisoner Pose with Confiscated Liquor | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        Sheriff deputies and their prisoner pose with confiscated liquor near Miami, Florida, in 1925. Source: HistoryMiami/The Bridgeman Art Library.

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        Officers Looking into Mouth of Tunnel | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        Officers looking into the mouth of a tunnel during a moonshine liquor raid, Plainview, NY. Source: Splash/New York Post.

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        Mabel Walker Willebrandt | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        Mabel Walker Willebrandt, assistant United States Attorney General, before the microphone in a Kansas City convention hall. Source: San Francisco Public Library.

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