Moonshine is corn whiskey, traditionally made in improvised stills throughout the Appalachian South. While quality varied from one producer to another, the whiskey had one thing in common: It was illegal, due to the distiller's refusal to pay taxes to the U.S. government. Many moonshiners were descendants of Scots-Irish immigrants who had fought in the original Whiskey Rebellion in the early 1790s. They had brought their knowledge of distilling with them to America, along with a profound sense of independence and a refusal to submit to government authority. Today, many Southern states have relaxed their laws and now allow the legal production of moonshine (provided that taxes are paid). Yet many modern moonshiners retain deep links to their bootlegging heritage. Moonshine Nation is the story of Moonshine's history and origins alongside profiles of modern moonshiners (and a collection of drinks from each).
[I]t's a clear-eyed history of moonshining in America that is especially good in its analysis of the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791-94. It's best received as a valuable and readable collection of stories about the people who made the whiskey and the unintended consequences of Prohibition, finished off with a directory of distillers. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 15th July 2014
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 18.0 x 13.2 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.26