The legend of Al Capone looms large over the state of Wisconsin, but how do we know if one of the most infamous men in American History actually visited the Badger State?
New photographs and correspondence reveal not only personal friendships and a more playful side of Al Capone, but that he was trying to purchase property in Northwoods, Wisconsin.
In Al Capone: Prohibition and Wisconsin, filmmakers Brian Ewig and
Traci Neuman bring to light a new angle on the man who was once public enemy number one. The half-hour documentary features the family Al Capone was writing to, and the story of how they found out their grandfather was friends with one of the most infamous men in American history; a friendship that was hidden away for 90 years.
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Prohibition in Milwaukee refers to the period in the United States when the production, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages were prohibited. The prohibition era lasted from 1920 to 1933, as mandated by the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Milwaukee, like many other cities, experienced significant changes and challenges during this time.
Milwaukee was known for its brewing industry, with several breweries operating in the city. The prohibition had a profound impact on these businesses, as the production and sale of alcoholic beverages became illegal. Many breweries either shut down or shifted their production to non-alcoholic products to survive.
Despite the ban on alcohol, there was a rise in illegal speakeasies, where people could obtain and consume alcoholic beverages in secret. Additionally, organized crime syndicates took advantage of the prohibition by engaging in bootlegging and smuggling activities.
The prohibition era came to an end in 1933 with the ratification of the 21st Amendment, which repealed the 18th Amendment and effectively ended the nationwide ban on alcohol. This marked the return of legal alcohol production and sales in Milwaukee and across the country.
Overall, prohibition in Milwaukee, as in other parts of the U.S., had significant economic, social, and cultural consequences, impacting the local brewing industry and leading to the emergence of illegal activities related to alcohol.
BECOMING THE BREW CITY
POST PROHIBITION AND BEYOND
PREMIERES JANUARY 30
THE EIGHTEENTH AMENDMENT
SURVIVAL OF THE BREWERIES
LAKE GENEVA REGION
PREMIERES JANUARY 25
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