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Prohibition & Bootlegging

Coast Guard Machine-Guns Monolola and Other Rumrunners in Narragansett Bay
2 months ago

Coast Guard Machine-Guns Monolola and Other Rumrunners in Narragansett Bay

Military forces fired no shots in anger in Narragansett Bay during either World War I or World War II. But during the intervening years, thousands of rounds of machine gun …
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Recollections of a Rhode Island Bootlegger
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Recollections of a Rhode Island Bootlegger

[Editor’s note: When interviewed in 1991, Ron Deaver was 97 years old and resided in a nursing home. Some sixty years earlier, in early 1930s Rhode Island, he actively participated …
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From Saints to Bootleggers: The Struggle for Temperance and Prohibition in Kent County, 1805-1937.  Part II: Prohibition and the Gangster Carl Rettich, 1920-1937
3 years ago

From Saints to Bootleggers: The Struggle for Temperance and Prohibition in Kent County, 1805-1937. Part II: Prohibition and the Gangster Carl Rettich, 1920-1937

In Kent County, after more than a century of temperance supporters promoting laws banning the sale of alcohol, and the sometimes, violent opposition to such efforts, those in the temperance …
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From Saints to Bootleggers:  The Struggle for Temperance and Prohibition in Kent County, 1805-1937 Part I:  The Struggle for Temperance, 1805-1889
3 years ago

From Saints to Bootleggers: The Struggle for Temperance and Prohibition in Kent County, 1805-1937 Part I: The Struggle for Temperance, 1805-1889

Early ministers in Rhode Island, traveling from place to place to preach, often spoke out against various vices. For example, in his 1754 journal, the Reverend Jacob Bailey of Massachusetts …
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