The Prohibition Era: Bootleggers and Moonshiners

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The Prohibition Era: Bootleggers and Moonshiners

The Prohibition Era: Bootleggers and Moonshiners

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“The word bootlegging generally came to use in the Midwest in the 1880’s to denote the practice of concealing flasks of illicit liquor in boot tops when going to trade with the Indians.” (

“Prohibition... goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes... A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.”― Abraham Lincoln

The 18th Amendment put Americans in great danger, such as the increase in crime, toxic moonshine and poverty. Selling or making alcohol was a very fast but dangerous way to make money.

All of these photos show different ways of smuggling alcohol or making it such as "bootlegging".

Bootlegging began because of the outlaw of alcohol. The business started with small trades which then lead on to thousands of imports from foreign countries.


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