Prohibition in Washington, D.C.

How Dry We Weren't
Product Number: EB00752733
Released: Jan 31, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781614230892
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
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Even in the city where the Eighteenth Amendment was passed, the party went on-a history of bootleggers and speakeasies in the nation's capital. Despite the passage of the Volstead Act, it was estimated that in 1929, bootleggers brought twenty-two thousand gallons of whiskey, moonshine, and other spirits into Washington, DC's speakeasies-every week. The bathtub gin-swilling capital dwellers made the most of Prohibition. This rollicking history brims with stories of vice-topped off with vintage cocktail recipes and garnished with a walking tour of former speakeasies. Discover an underground city ruled not by organized crime but by amateur bootleggers, where publicly teetotaling congressmen could get a stiff drink behind House office doors and the African American community of U Street was humming with a new sound called jazz. Includes photos!

Genre: Cooking, History
Original Publish Date: Mar 25, 2011

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