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A comprehensive look at the prohibition debate through the lens of immigration gives scholars intriguing material for a debate and essay of their own. They watch four video clips (find these on the PBS website), discussing issues in small groups after each one. The viewing guide offers excellent prompts to get scholars critically thinking instead of just retaining. Use the debrief questions to facilitate a whole-group analysis, too. Next, groups discuss differing positions of various demographics. They are then assigned roles and given actual legislation to read and debate from various viewpoints. They vote to pass or veto each of the four bills. Finally, individuals write essays based on a given essential question relating anti-immigrant sentiment to prohibition enactment.