Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition

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Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition

Author: Karen Blumenthal
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 154
Cover Price: $ 18.99

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It began with the best of intentions. Worried about the effects of alcohol on American families, mothers and civic leaders started a movement to outlaw drinking in public places. Over time, their protests, petitions, and activism paid off when a Constitutional amendment banning the sale and consumption of alcohol was ratified, it was hailed as the end of public drunkenness, alcoholism, and a host of other social ills related to booze.

Instead, it began a decade of lawlessness, when children smuggled (and drank) illegal alcohol, the most upright citizens casually broke the law, and a host of notorious gangsters entered the public eye. Filled with period art and photographs, anecdotes, and portraits of unique characters from the era, this fascinating book looks at the rise and fall of the disastrous social experiment known as Prohibition.

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Background Information

The Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1919 and inaugurated the Prohibition Era in the United States until repealed in 1933. Organized crime has operated in America's large cities since the nation's early years and is often structured by ethnic as well as geographical divisions. Prohibition was the social experiment in the abolition of the human consumption of intoxicating alcohol between 1919 and 1933.