Legislating Morality: Prohibition's Historical Lesson

Tuesday, 2 August 2011 - 11:30am
Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) Click here for Map

Join documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick—along with New York Times bestselling author, Daniel Okrent—for a preview of Prohibition which will air nationwide on PBS in October. Washington’s civics luminary, Eric Liu will moderate a panel discussion on the political and social upheaval that surrounded the constitutional ban on alcohol and explore what lessons it holds for today’s contentious political climate. Seattle Times’ Ryan Blethen will also take part in the panel.
Legislating Morality: Prohibition's Historical Lesson
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (doors open at 11:00 a.m.)
Enter at the lower level of MOHAI in the Auditorium.
Prohibition tells the story of the rise, rule and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the political and cultural era it encompassed. The film raises questions that are as relevant today as they were 100 years ago—about means and ends, individual rights and responsibilities, the role of government and, finally, who is—and who is not—a “real American.”  
Join this event to consider: What are the promises and pitfalls of codifying moral values into the laws of the land? To what extent can the legal enforcement of cultural values help or hinder a diverse society? With a major electoral cycle on the horizon and a host of issues entwined in varying concepts of morality—from gay marriage, gun control and immigration to the healthcare reform and drug legislation—much can be learned from the unique historical lessons of Prohibition in America.  
Presented by KCTS 9, Humanities Washington and the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI).