If you have not been watching Ken Burns' PROHIBITION on Public Television, you need to watch it when it comes on next. It's fascinating!
The first two hours, titled A Nation of Drunkards, covers the history of alcohol production, consumption, and the temperance movement from the 1820s to the 19-teens, when Prohibition is passed.
As always, Burns uses photos, books, and letters, to give a clear picture of one piece of American history.
Pour yourself a cold one and enjoy!