Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition

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

Bootleg is a 2011 Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year title.
One of School Library Journal 's Best Nonfiction Books of 2011.
YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist in 2012.

Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2011
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781596434493
Branch Call Number: 363.41 Bl
Description: 154 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm


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Apr 07, 2016

An excellent explanation of the Prohibition Era. Great for research or just easy reading.

Nov 19, 2012

I hadn’t really intended to read this book. It’s just not a topic that would usually interest me. But I have enjoyed the other titles on the YA Nonfiction Award list so much that I thought I would give it a try. I am very glad I did. It was fascinating. Blumenthal does a wonderful job of clearly presenting the context of the history. I had never really thought about the circumstances and social climate that allowed Prohibition to be enacted. The process of repealing it was also more complicated than I realized. Well balanced and well written, this is definitely a book worth reading and recommending.

edmulcahy Aug 12, 2012

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