Baptists and Bootleggers: Prohibition in the South

Presented by Kathryn Smith.

Many years before the production and sale of alcohol was banned in the United States by the Eighteenth Amendment, the forces of temperance waged political warfare with the purveyors of alcohol. Most Southern states went dry long before the rest of the country did, and as a result, had a ready-made pipeline of moonshine-makers and rum-runners when Prohibition went into effect in 1920. In this illustrated lecture, you’ll meet such colorful characters as saloon wrecker Carry Nation, gangster Al Capone (who made many visits to the South) and New York socialite and part-time Charleston resident Pauline Morton Sabin, who led the charge for repeal with an army of “Sabine women.” Illustrated lecture.

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