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Chesapeake Rumrunners of the Roaring Twenties - by Eric Mills

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Prohibition violations occurred all over America during the time the 18th Amendment was in force.  Producing, delivering and consuming liquor became very big business in the States.

The story in this book is about those events in the Chesapeake area.  The publisher tells us more about it:

It was a whiskey-soaked age that was supposed to be dry. Prohibition may have been the law of the land, but the Chesapeake Bay country was awash in a sea of illegal alcohol. The marshes were teeming with hidden stills, and bootleg liquor was smuggled throughout the waterways and the adjoining countryside by daring men in fast boats and faster cars.

Chesapeake Rumrunners of the Roaring Twenties is a saga of people -- watermen and steamer captains, mob racketeers and "legitimate" businessmen -- all of them wanting part of the action. In the maze of Bay waters, boats played a key role in that action, many disguised as workboats but built for speed and the ability to out-maneuver the law.

On the other side, Billy Sunday [former baseball star turned preacher] and an army of temperance crusaders campaigned tirelessly to encourage Prohibition, while federal agents and Coast Guardsmen shared the impossible task of enforcing it.

Backed by a mix of news reports, government records, and local lore, the author has written a fascinating account of a memorable chapter in Chesapeake history.

This book is not available for online reading.


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