Picks and Pans Review: The American Experience: Demon Rum

updated 10/09/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/09/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

PBS (Tues., Oct. 10, 9 P.M. ET)

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Historian David McCullough hosts this 16-part documentary series focusing on the American past, including such topics as World War I, baseball and the Underground Railroad. In tonight's installment, writer-producer Thomas Lennon looks at Prohibition (1920-33). Filled with archival footage and colorful interviews, Demon Rum is as entertaining as it is informative. No wonder Prohibition failed. If I had had to dance the Charleston, I would have guzzled bathtub gin too.

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