Silas Butts: The Legacy of a Moonshiner

Presented by Nicholas Gambrell.

This lecture looks at the interesting concept of history vs. memory using the microhistory of one man’s legacy. Silas Butts was a moonshiner in Oconee County who also ran a grist mill and an unofficial orphanage. But people remember him differently- either as a great man or a horrible man. How can one person have two opposite legacies?

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