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

User Review  - Dave - Goodreads

There are so many facts compressed in this book. I'm sorry but for me it was the kind of book you read when you can't fall asleep; you'll re-read the same sentence like a mantra until your eyes get ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Trekscribbler - Goodreads

As I've said in reviews before, the era of American Prohibition completely and utterly fascinates me for more reasons that I'd care to cite. Because I've had the good fortune to read so many of the ... 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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