Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition

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Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition
Author: Blumenthal, Karen
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1919-1933
Geographic Area: North America
Country: United States
Topics: Prohibition
Genre: Non Fiction
Reading Age:Upper Middle Grade, Young Adult
Format: Chapter Book
Published: 2013

American History > Modern Age

Filled with period art and photographs, anecdotes, and portraits of unique characters from the era, this fascinating book by an award-winning author looks at the rise and fall of the disastrous social experiment known as Prohibition.

It began with the best of intentions. Worried about the effects of alcohol on American families, mothers and civic leaders started a movement to outlaw drinking in public places.

Over time, their protests, petitions, and activism paid off―when a Constitutional Amendment banning the sale and consumption of alcohol was ratified, it was hailed as the end of public drunkenness, alcoholism, and a host of other social ills related to booze. Instead, it began a decade of lawlessness, when children smuggled (and drank) illegal alcohol, the most upright citizens casually broke the law, and a host of notorious gangsters entered the public eye.

Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition is fast-paced non-fiction perfect for anyone who's interested in American history, paricularly the 1920s, gangsters, bootleggers, the history of alcohol in the US, the Eighteenth Amendment and the Constitution, and American politics.

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