Wicked Atlanta: The Sordid Side of Peach City History

Wicked Atlanta: The Sordid Side of Peach City History

by Laurel-Ann Dooley

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626191051
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 06/17/2014
Series: Wicked
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 1,266,214
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author


Laurel-Ann Dooley is an Atlanta-based writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Palm Beach Post and the Boston Globe. Having lived in Atlanta for many years, Ms. Dooley has come to know and love the city she calls home and considers writing about its hidden stories both a privilege and a pleasure.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Chapter 1 The Beginning: Bars, Brothels and Bad Neighborhoods 11

A Railroad Town on the Georgia Frontier 11

The Reign of the Rowdies 13

The Tight Squeeze 17

Prostitution Row 19

Chapter 2 Moonshine Madness 23

Corn Whiskey as a Way of Life 23

Tax and Prohibition: The Birth of the Bootlegger 25

Look Both Ways, Here Come the Cars 29

Daredevil Drivers, a Genius Mechanic and a Born Businessman 32

Chapter 3 From Bootleggers to Race Car Drivers 39

Stock Car Racing Turns Pro 40

The Superstar Team from Atlanta 42

The Hartsfield-McGill Takedown 45

Chapter 4 Political Hijinks 51

Eugene Talmadge and the Three-Governors Controversy 51

The Judge Stabs the Congressman 57

A Billionaire Bootlegger and the Atlanta Penitentiary 63

Chapter 5 Society Shocks and Scandals 75

Rich Boys and the Oglethorpe Crime Spree 75

Lewis Redwine: A Wealth and Status Pretender 84

One Good Turn Deserves a Kidnapping 92

Appendix A Amendment XVIII to the United States Constitution 99

Appendix B Summary of Volstead Act Restrictions 101

Appendix C Firsthand Account of the Ottley Kidnapping 103

Bibliography 107

About the Author 112

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