The years 1920-1933 saw a rapid growth in bootlegging and the creation of large, intricate moonshining networks. Prohibition forced moonshiners to the hills to produce liquor, and whiskey drinkers underground to consume it.

It was during the lead up to and enactment of Prohibition that the culture and history of moonshining took hold in the United States, particularly in the South and Appalachia. Prohibition served to create an increased demand for moonshiners’ supplies, driven by the growth of underground drinking in major metropolitan cities like New York and Chicago. Though Prohibition was finally repealed on December 5, 1933 by the 21st Amendment, it helped cement the traditions and folklore of America and moonshiners.

Keep reading about the history of moonshine:

  1. Moonshine Whiskey and Colonial America
  2. American Revolution
  3. Whiskey Rebellion
  4. Prohibition
  5. Bootlegging
  6. NASCAR and Moonshine
  7. Popcorn Sutton
  8. Moonshining: An American Tradition
  9. The Future of Moonshine

Or you can view the entire Moonshine History article here.


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