Stateline's Prohibition and Liquor Too to Air Dec. 29 on OETA HD
The Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) airs a special encore presentation of Stateline: Prohibition and Liquor Too Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 9 p.m. CT on OETA following the conclusion of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s three-part documentary, Prohibition.
Stateline takes a look back at the hypocritical history of drinking in Oklahoma and the laws that tried to control it. Will Rogers once said, “Oklahoma would remain dry as long as its voters were sober enough to stagger to the polls.” It was a pretty accurate commentary long after Rogers' 1935 death, but it changed in 1959 when Oklahomans voted overwhelmingly to finally repeal prohibition. Oklahoma had been officially dry since statehood in 1907, but secret watering holes, bootleggers, crooked cops, private clubs and liquor “by the wink” kept the booze flowing no matter what the law said.