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Wicked Albany: Lawlessness & Liquor in the Prohibition Era
     

Wicked Albany: Lawlessness & Liquor in the Prohibition Era

by Frankie Y. Bailey, Alice P. Green
 

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Albany, New York, experienced massive upheaval when the Volstead Act of 1919 established Prohibition. Crime already proliferated in the capital of the Empire State, with rival political machines stooping to corruption and the mob with their heavy-handed powers of persuasion. As it did nationwide, Prohibition in Albany served merely to force alcohol-related

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Albany, New York, experienced massive upheaval when the Volstead Act of 1919 established Prohibition. Crime already proliferated in the capital of the Empire State, with rival political machines stooping to corruption and the mob with their heavy-handed powers of persuasion. As it did nationwide, Prohibition in Albany served merely to force alcohol-related commerce underground and lawlessness and violence to the forefront of city activity.

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When Prohibition hit in 1919, Albany, New York was already primed for lawlessness. Local politicians in the state capital had a well-deserved reputation for corruption, and organized crime thrived in several arenas. Forcing alcohol-related commerce underground only added fuel to the evil fires. Frankie Y. Bailey and Alice P. Green's Wicked Albany places these nefarious activities within their social and historical contexts, but doesn't neglect these stories' inherent interest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596294936
Publisher:
History Press, The
Publication date:
02/16/2008
Series:
Wicked Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,316,390
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

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Frankie Bailey, criminal justice professor and crime historian, and noted sociologist and criminal justice activist Alice Green chronicle this evolution of iniquity in Albany, relying on archival records and examining the greater social impact of the city's moral dissolution. Whether you're looking for sociological analysis or pure guilty pleasure, you'll find it in Wicked Albany.

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