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A Thousand Thirsty Beaches$
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Lisa Lindquist Dorr

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469643274

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643274.001.0001

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Uncle Sam’s Efforts

Uncle Sam’s Efforts

(p.51) Chapter Two Uncle Sam’s Efforts
A Thousand Thirsty Beaches

Lisa Lindquist Dorr

University of North Carolina Press

With the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment, the federal government developed and enforcement strategy that charged the U.S. Coast Guard with preventing the illegal importation of liquor on the high seas surrounding the United States. The U.S. Customs Bureau guarded the nation's ports and borders, and the Prohibition Bureau working with state and local law enforcement patrolled the nation's interior. Congress, however, failed to appropriate the resources needed to enforce the law. The Coast Guard lacked enough ships to patrol U.S. waters, and faced uncertainty over the extent to which American authority extended out from shore. The Coast Guard picketed, tracked and trailed suspected rum runners, and disrupted the Rum Rows that developed off the coasts of American cities, but could not fully stop liquor smuggling.

Keywords:   U.S. Coast Guard, Territorial Waters, Prohibition enforcement, Rum Row

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