The Sunday Whirl

The history of making alcohol, and the rights of people being able to have a still on their property has checkered memories for a few rural areas. The symbol of the drought of mainstream liquor caused an onslaught of private illegal stills when selling liquor in restaurants and bars was denied on January 17, 1920, but was repealed and did end on December 5, 1933.

The “national prohibition was undertaken to reduce crime, solve social problems, and reduce the tax burden created by prisons and poorhouses, and improve health and hygiene in America.” It was a failure on all counts and organized crime took the lead.

It was a sign that a positive slide of “progress” is not necessarily in government regulations. Meanwhile after a week of stirring corn mash, water and other ingredients you might be able to pour yourself a cup of moonshine. Making moonshine is still illegal.


9 thoughts on “The Sunday Whirl

  1. It’s probably just as well Moonshine is still illegal. A girl I went to school got hold of some, drank 2 glasses (teenagers aren’t the most risk averse at times) and stopped breathing twice. The paramedics gave us a stern warning about underage drinking (most of us didn’t even know she had it until the whole ‘stop breathing’ thing) and her father was incandescent (and a big, burly policeman who tried to blame parents of the host, but they didn’t know she was drinking either).

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