Prohibition in Washington, D.C: How Dry We Weren't

Prohibition in Washington, D.C: How Dry We Weren't

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by Garrett Peck
     
 

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In 1929, it was estimated that every week bootleggers brought twenty-two thousand gallons of whiskey, moonshine and other spirits into Washington, D.C.'s three thousand speakeasies. H.L. Mencken called it the thirteen awful years, "? though it was sixteen for the District. Nevertheless, the bathtub gin, swilling capital dwellers made the most of Prohibition.

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In 1929, it was estimated that every week bootleggers brought twenty-two thousand gallons of whiskey, moonshine and other spirits into Washington, D.C.'s three thousand speakeasies. H.L. Mencken called it the thirteen awful years, "? though it was sixteen for the District. Nevertheless, the bathtub gin, swilling capital dwellers made the most of Prohibition. Author Garrett Peck crafts a rollicking history brimming with stories of vice, topped off with vintage cocktail recipes and garnished with a walking tour of former speakeasies. Join Peck as he explores an underground city ruled not by organized crime but by amateur bootleggers, where publicly teetotaling congressmen could get a stiff drink behind House office doors and the African American community of U Street was humming with a new sound called jazz."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609492366
Publisher:
History Press, The
Publication date:
04/06/2011
Pages:
158
Sales rank:
1,215,558
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Garrett Peck is a literary journalist and craft beer, drinking, wine-collecting, gin-loving, bourbon-sipping, Simpsons-quoting, early morning, rising history dork. He is the author of The Prohibition Hangover: Alcohol in America from Demon Rum to Cult Cabernet and leads the Temperance Tour of Prohibition-related sites in Washington, D.C. Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren't is his second book. A native Californian and Virginia Military Institute graduate, he lives in lovely Arlington, Virginia. His website can be found at www.garrettpeck.com.

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Prohibition in Washington, D.C: How Dry We Weren't 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was well researched and an interesting read for anyone interested in the 1920's era. I found out a lot about the DC neighborhoods and how things were in this unusual time in history. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.
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