Moonshiners and Prohibitionists: The Battle over Alcohol in Southern Appalachia

Moonshiners and Prohibitionists: The Battle over Alcohol in Southern Appalachia

by Bruce E. Stewart
     
 

ISBN-10: 081313000X

ISBN-13: 9780813130002

Pub. Date: 04/01/2011

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Homemade liquor has played a prominent role in the Appalachian economy for nearly two centuries. The region endured profound transformations during the extreme prohibition movements of the nineteenth century, when the manufacturing and sale of alcohol — an integral part of daily life for many Appalachians — was banned.

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Overview

Homemade liquor has played a prominent role in the Appalachian economy for nearly two centuries. The region endured profound transformations during the extreme prohibition movements of the nineteenth century, when the manufacturing and sale of alcohol — an integral part of daily life for many Appalachians — was banned.

In Moonshiners and Prohibitionists: The Battle over Alcohol in Southern Appalachia, Bruce E. Stewart chronicles the social tensions that accompanied the region's early transition from a rural to an urban-industrial economy. Stewart analyzes the dynamic relationship of the bootleggers and opponents of liquor sales in western North Carolina, as well as conflict driven by social and economic development that manifested in political discord. Stewart also explores the life of the moonshiner and the many myths that developed around hillbilly stereotypes.

A welcome addition to the New Directions in Southern History series, Moonshiners and Prohibitionists addresses major economic, social, and cultural questions that are essential to the understanding of Appalachian history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813130002
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Series:
New Directions in Southern History Series
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Introduction 1

Part I The Beginnings of Antialcohol Reform, 1790-1860

1 "This Country Improves in Cultivation, Wickedness, Mills, and Still": Distilling and Drinking during the Antebellum Period 9

2 Select Men of Sober and Industrious Habits: Alcohol Reform and Social Conflict during the Late Antebellum Period 31

Part II The Golden Age of Moonshining, 1861-1876

3 "Is There Any Way to Get at the Distillers?" The Fall and Rise of the Moonshiners, 1861-1868 63

4 "They Tax Us and Give Us Negro Civil Rights": Moonshiner Violence and the Politics of Federal Liquor Taxation, 1868-1876 87

Part III The Road to Prohibition, 1870-1908

5 Civilization Requires Prohibition: The Beginning of the End for the Moonshiners, 1870-1882 117

6 "These Big-Boned, Semi-Barbarian People": Creation of the Myth of Violent Appalachia and Its Consequences, 1878-1890 149

7 "Afloat on the Tide of Improvement": The Uplift Movement and Rise of Prohibition Sentiment in Rural Communities, 1885-1900 171

8 "Wilt Thou Send the Revenues Down upon the Distillers": A Political History of Prohibition, 1882-1908 189

Conclusion 215

Notes 221

Bibliography 283

Index 315

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