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Prohibition. Moonshine. Bootlegging.

For many people, these words conjure up images of slick city gangsters, shoot-outs, and police raids. These images are only part of a larger picture, however, and this site attempts to demonstrate the variety of ways in which moonshine and illegal liquor have permeated the culture over the years, particularly in the South.

This site concentrates on North Carolina and the surrounding states during the first thirty years of the 20th century. By using a range of sound, video, photographs and text, we hope to show that the process of making, selling and drinking moonshine has been a part of daily life for some people for many years. Moonshining is often more of an economic than a political or moral issue, and is rarely as glamorous as popular culture has portrayed it.