Al Capone and Prohibition

Don Chiswell


Region:
East of England
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Regular (more than one month's notice)
Type:
Professional
Fee:
Paid: £60 per talk for up to 50 persons +travel costs @ £0.30 per mile
Category:
History
Updated:
2nd July 2019
Tagged:
Prohibition

The career of Al Capone the most famous of the Chicago gangsters was the product of Prohibition the so called ‘Noble Experiment’, which sought to rid the United States of alcohol between 1920 and 1933, together with the American political system from which it arose. What combination of factors led to the introduction of Prohibition and why did it fail? Are there lessons to be learned today?

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About Don Chiswell

I have a Humanities degree from Bristol Polytechnic and subsequently qualified as a teacher in Further Education. I have been interested in history for as long as I can remember and enjoy demolishing popular historical myths. I have delivered courses on a wide range of historical subjects (hopefully with enthusiasm and humour) at Peterborough City College, Stamford Arts Centre, the Guildhall Arts Centre Grantham and also to a wide variety of local groups and societies for some twenty years. In answer to the question ‘What is your favourite period of history?’ I would be most likely to say “Just the last 3,250 years”. Since 2006 I have given a series of lectures for Peterborough Museum and participated in historical re-enactments and guided tours. I am currently engaged in research for a book on Bosworth Field and co-writing a history of Peterborough, both of which it is hoped will be published eventually.


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