While most histories of Prohibition focus on the northeastern United States and the organized crime that flourished during the era, this book turns the attention to the South. The South's proximity to islands where liquor was legal, its long coastline, and presence of people interested in profit or drinking attracted smugglers. Despite temperance advocates hopes that Prohibition would bring reform, a widespread black market in illegal liquor soon developed. The continued trade in alcohol helped make the South more modern, and drew federal law enforcement efforts to the South and into Cuba.
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