The Resource Spirits of just men : mountaineers, liquor bosses, and lawmen in the moonshine capital of the world, Charles D. Thompson, Jr

Spirits of just men : mountaineers, liquor bosses, and lawmen in the moonshine capital of the world, Charles D. Thompson, Jr

Label
Spirits of just men : mountaineers, liquor bosses, and lawmen in the moonshine capital of the world
Title
Spirits of just men
Title remainder
mountaineers, liquor bosses, and lawmen in the moonshine capital of the world
Statement of responsibility
Charles D. Thompson, Jr
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Following the end of Prohibition in 1933, demand for moonshine remained high due to taxes imposed on large liquor producers. Seeking to answer this demand were the distillers of Appalachia who, having established illegal networks of moonshine distribution under Prohibition, continued their activities and effectively skirted the federal liquor tax scheme. Spirits of Just Men chronicles the Great Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935, held in Franklin County, Virginia, a place that many still refer to as the "Moonshine Capital of the World." While the trial itself made national news, Thompson uses the event as a stepping-off point to explore Blue Ridge Mountain culture, economy, and political engagement in the 1930 illustrating how participation in the moonshine trade was a rational and savvy choice for farmers and community members struggling to maintain their way of life amidst the pressures of the Great Depression and pull of the timber and coal-mining industries in Virginia. Through Thompson's prose, local characters come alive as he pays particular attention to the stories of a key witness for the defense, Miss Ora Harrison, an Episcopalian missionary to the region, and Elder Goode Hash, itinerant Primitive Baptist preacher and juror in a related murder trial. Thompson explores how local religious belief both clashed with and condoned the moonshine trade and how stills and the trade enabled a distinctive cultural formation in the region that goes far beyond the hillbilly stereotype alive today. Not only is his work based on extensive oral histories and local archival material, but Thompson himself is from the area and his grandparents were involved in not only the moonshine trade but the trial as well"--
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
E7B
Dewey number
975.5/68
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F232.F7
LC item number
T494 2011eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Spirits of just men : mountaineers, liquor bosses, and lawmen in the moonshine capital of the world, Charles D. Thompson, Jr
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
""Cover""; ""Copyright""; ""Contents""; ""ACKNOWLEDGMENTS""; ""PROLOGUE""; ""1 Conspiracy Trial in the Moonshine Capital of the World""; ""2 Wettest Section in the U.S.A.""; ""3 Appalachian Spring""; ""4 Elder Goode""; ""5 Last Old Dollar Is Gone""; ""6 Entrepreneurial Spirits""; ""7 Her Moonshine Neighbor as Herself""; ""8 Murder Trial in Franklin County""; ""EPILOGUE""; ""NOTES""; ""WORKS CITED""; ""INDEX""; ""back cover""
Control code
ocn834620122
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxix, 269 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780252078088
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, map
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt38v05r
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b28909902
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)834620122
  • pebcs0252035127

Library Locations

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