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Holly M. Karibo

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469625201

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625201.001.0001

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Building the “Detroit-Windsor Funnel”

Building the “Detroit-Windsor Funnel”

Tourism, Prohibition, and Border Politics before World War II

(p.15) 1 Building the “Detroit-Windsor Funnel”
Sin City North

Holly M. Karibo

University of North Carolina Press

Between 1900 and 1939, industrial growth radically transformed the Detroit-Windsor region. This chapter examines the impact that formal industries, particularly the auto industry and tourism, had on legal policies governing border-crossing. While more stringent policies developed to control the flow of people and goods by the 1920s, illegal industries also developed in order to subvert customs agents and border-crossing requirements. The smuggling of illegal liquor during Prohibition in particular brought a considerable amount of capital into Detroit and Windsor, and helped gain the region national reputations as cities rampant with sin and vice. The rise of illegal cross-border economies at a time when the Canadian and American national governments were attempting to more fully control their national boundaries demonstrates the limitations to border enforcement during the first half of the twentieth century.

Keywords:   Industrialization, Tourism, Prohibition, Liquor, Border Patrol, Transnational, Commuters, Auto Industry

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