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Podcast: The constitutional legacy of Prohibition

March 9, 2017 by NCC Staff


Josh Zeitz, Lisa Andersen and Jeffrey Rosen

On March 2, the National Constitution Center celebrated the return of its feature exhibit, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, which tells the story of the passage of the 18th Amendment and its repeal just over a decade later with the 21st Amendment.

During the exhibit’s opening party, Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen was joined by two historians to discuss the history and politics of the period, as well as its constitutional dimensions.

Lisa Andersen is the author of The Politics of Prohibition: American Governance and the Prohibition Party, 1869-1933 and an Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and History at The Juilliard School in New York.Joshua Zeitz is a contributing editor at POLITICO Magazine and the author of Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made American Modern. He has taught at Cambridge University, Harvard University, and Princeton University.

Show Notes

This show was edited by Jason Gregory and produced by Nicandro Iannacci. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich and Tom Donnelly. The host of We the People is Jeffrey Rosen.

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is now open at the National Constitution Center through July 16. Learn more at

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