Spirits of Just Men

Spirits of Just Men

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Spirits of Just Men tells the story of moonshine in 1930s America, as seen through the remarkable location of Franklin County, Virginia, a place that many still refer to as the qmoonshine capital of the world.q Local characters come alive through this richly colorful chronicle of the Great Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935, which made national news and exposed the far-reaching and pervasive tendrils of Appalachia's local moonshine economy. Charles D. Thompson Jr., whose ancestors were involved in the area's moonshine trade and trial as well as local law enforcement, uses the event as a stepping-off point to explore Blue Ridge Mountain culture, economy, and political engagement in the 1930s. Drawing from extensive oral histories and local archival material, Thompson's sensitive analysis examines the people and processes involved in turning a basic agricultural commodity into such a sought-after and essentially American spirit.Then in 1740 and 1741, famine struck Ireland and more than 400, 000 dieda€”a whole century before the infamous Irish Potato Famine. ... Scots traditions of whiskey making already in place and a strong demand to go with it, Ulster renters turned to homemade whiskey to help pay their bills. ... meaning a€œlittle pota€).42 With every downtick of the economy or turn ofthe legal screw, the sale of poteen increased.

Title:Spirits of Just Men
Author:Charles D. Thompson Jr.
Publisher:University of Illinois Press - 2011-04-19


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