Rumrunners: Liquor Smugglers on America’s Coasts, 1920–1933 by J. Anne Funderburg

By J. Anne Funderburg

In 1920, the 18th modification made the construction, transportation and sale of alcohol no longer in simple terms illegal—it used to be unconstitutional. but no laws may possibly finish the call for for alcohol. Enterprising rumrunners labored to satisfy that call for with crafty, braveness, machineguns and speedboats powered via airplane engines. They out-maneuvered the U.S. Coast defend and risked their lives to convey illicit liquor.
Smugglers like invoice McCoy, the Bahama Queen, and the Gulf flow Pirate, in addition to many others, ran operations alongside the U.S. beach until eventually Prohibition used to be repealed in 1933. Drawing on criminal files, newspaper articles and Coast defend documents, this heritage describes how rumrunners battled the Dry military and corrupted U.S. legislation enforcement, that allows you to retain the USA wet.

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