Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition

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Roaring Brook Press, May 24, 2011 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 160 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Jennanana - LibraryThing

Non-fiction account of alcoholism and libations in the U.S., how prohibition got its start and all of the organized crime that sprung up from it. Lots of neat insights that you don't learn about in history class, and interesting photos, propaganda, and drawings from that period. Read full review

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User Review  - compjohn - LibraryThing

Blumenthal’s careful study of the Prohibition era of 1919-1933 in the United States works not only as a history text but also as an exploration of essential American attitudes about personal freedom ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

KAREN BLUMENTHAL is a long-time journalist who has written for both adults and young people. She previously wrote about the 1920s in Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929, which was a Sibert Honor Book, and about social change in Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX, which won a Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. She lives in Dallas, Texas.

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