Bootlegger: A Story of Small-Town America

Bootlegger: A Story of Small-Town America

by John E. Hallwas


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Bootlegger: A Story of Small-Town America by John E. Hallwas

So begins this captivating and rich tale of a struggling British-immigrant mining town and a controversial criminal who arose there early in the century.

This is the story of Kelly Wagle, a small-time bootlegger whose mysterious career had a profound and lasting impact on his community. Central to the book are two fascinating, unsolved murder cases that deeply troubled the close-knit coal town.

John E. Hallwas skillfully combines biography, community history, and true crime narrative in a compelling story that takes the reader into a hardworking, ghost-haunted town where struggling residents cope with the threat of death, the fading of hope, and the decline of community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252068447
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 05/28/1999
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 1,240,524
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
The Bootlegger's Funeral
Coal and Community in Colchester
Boomtown and Saloon Town
Hard Times and the Marshal
Struggling into the New Century
Social Change and the Young Bootlegger
World War I and the Bootlegger's Rise
The Omaha Mystery Girl
The Bootlegger and the Early 1920s
The Mayor, the Bootlegger, and the Klan
The Legendary Bootlegger
The Killing That Finally Came
Epilogue: The End of It All 253(16)
Sources and Acknowledgments 269

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