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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

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Spirits of just men : mountaineers, liquor bosses, and lawmen in the moonshine capital of the world
Title
Spirits of just men
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mountaineers, liquor bosses, and lawmen in the moonshine capital of the world
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Charles D. Thompson Jr
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eng
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  • "Spirits of Just Men tells the story of moonshine in 1930s America, as seen through the remarkable location of Franklin County, Virginia, a place that many still refer to as the "moonshine capital of the world." Charles D. Thompson Jr. chronicles the Great Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935, which made national news and exposed the far-reaching and pervasive tendrils of Appalachia's local moonshine economy. Thompson, whose ancestors were involved in the area's moonshine trade and trial as well as local law enforcement, uses the event as a stepping-off point to explore Blue Ridge Mountain culture, economy, and political engagement in the 1930s. Drawing from extensive oral histories and local archival material, he illustrates how the moonshine trade was a rational and savvy choice for struggling farmers and community members during the Great Depression. Local characters come alive through this richly colorful narrative, including the stories of Miss Ora Harrison, a key witness for the defense and an Episcopalian missionary to the region, and Elder Goode Hash, an itinerant Primitive Baptist preacher and juror in a related murder trial. Considering the complex interactions of religion, economics, local history, Appalachian culture, and immigration, Thompson's sensitive analysis examines the people and processes involved in turning a basic agricultural commodity into such a sought-after and essentially American spirit"--
  • "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"--
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1956-
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Thompson, Charles D.
Dewey number
975.5/68
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
F232.F7
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Lee, Charles Carter
  • Franklin County (Va.)
  • Distilling, Illicit
  • Mountain life
  • Mountain people
  • Franklin County (Va.)
  • Franklin County (Va.)
  • Lee, Charles Carter
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • Distilling, Illicit
  • Manners and customs
  • Mountain life
  • Mountain people
  • Virginia
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Spirits of just men : mountaineers, liquor bosses, and lawmen in the moonshine capital of the world, Charles D. Thompson Jr
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Conspiracy trial in the moonshine capital of the world -- Wettest section in the U.S.A. -- Appalachian spring -- Elder goode -- Last old dollar is gone -- Entrepreneurial spirits -- Her moonshine neighbor as herself -- Murder trial in Franklin County
Control code
834620122
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1 online resource
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online
Isbn
9780252095269
Lccn
2019717354
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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22573/ctt38v05r
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remote
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(OCoLC)834620122
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
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Conspiracy trial in the moonshine capital of the world -- Wettest section in the U.S.A. -- Appalachian spring -- Elder goode -- Last old dollar is gone -- Entrepreneurial spirits -- Her moonshine neighbor as herself -- Murder trial in Franklin County
Control code
834620122
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780252095269
Lccn
2019717354
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt38v05r
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)834620122

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