Prohibition and Bootlegging in the American West
About the Book
Prohibition was imposed by eager temperance movements organizers who sought to shape public behavior through alcoholic beverage control in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The success of reformers’ efforts resulted in National Prohibition in America from 1920 to 1933, but it also resulted in a thriving illegal business in the manufacture and distribution of illegal liquor. The history of Prohibition and the resulting illegal drinking is frequently told through the lens of crime and violence in Chicago and other major East Coast cities.
Often neglected are the effects of Prohibition on the Western part of the United States and how Westerners rose to the challenge of avoiding the consequences of illegal drinking. Illegal liquor was imported from abroad, made in stills using strange ingredients that were sometimes poisonous to the unlucky drinker. This history includes stories ranging from serious to quirky, and provides an entertaining account of how misguided efforts resulted in numerous unintended consequences.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 35 photos, glossary, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
Table of Contents
Timeline of Prohibition Events
1. The Saloon Must Go!
2. The Pathway to Prohibition
3. The Real Thing? Or Do-It-Yourself?
4. Beware of What You Drink
5. From Saloons to Speakeasies
6. The Pacific Ocean
7. The West Coast States 8. The Mountain States 9. The Southwest Unintended Consequences
Glossary: Some Slang Terms from Prohibition
and the Roaring Twenties
Appendix 1: The Eighteenth and Twenty-First Amendments
to the Constitution of the United States
Appendix 2The Sources of Various Alcoholic Beverages
Appendix 3: The Percentage of Alcohol
in Various Patent Medicines
Appendix 4: Data from Denver, Colorado, Showing
the Frequency of Alcohol Violations in the 1920s
Book Reviews & Awards
“Great research; better than great writing.”—AR Gunners Magazine