Moonshiners and Prohibitionists: The Battle over Alcohol in Southern Appalachia (New Directions in Southern History)


Homemade liquor has performed a well known function within the Appalachian financial system for almost centuries. The zone persevered profound ameliorations throughout the severe prohibition hobbies of the 19th century, while the producing and sale of alcohol - an essential component of lifestyle for lots of Appalachians - was once banned.

In Moonshiners and Prohibitionists: The conflict over Alcohol in Southern Appalachia, Bruce E. Stewart chronicles the social tensions that observed the region's early transition from a rural to an urban-industrial economic climate. Stewart analyzes the dynamic courting of the bootleggers and rivals of liquor revenues in western North Carolina, in addition to clash pushed via social and financial improvement that manifested in political discord. Stewart additionally explores the lifetime of the moonshiner and the numerous myths that built round hillbilly stereotypes.

A welcome boost to the recent instructions in Southern background sequence, Moonshiners and Prohibitionists addresses significant financial, social, and cultural questions which are necessary to the knowledge of Appalachian history.

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