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Why Prohibition Was Set Up to Fail Right From the Start

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Why Prohibition Was Set Up to Fail Right From the Start

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From the very beginning, prohibition was set up to fail. With only 1,500 agents charged with stopping the flow of alcohol into the U.S., most people continued drinking as they had done before.


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It's the 1920s. America is on the rise, and so is a dark underworld run by a new kind of criminal, one that is organized, sophisticated, and ruthless. For the next 40 years, legendary gangsters like Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, and Frank Costello build vast empires thanks to bootlegging, illegal gambling, and shady alliances with politicians. Follow the violent rise and fall of organized crime, presented in color for the first time through remastered archival footage and never-before-broadcast home movies.

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