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Moonshine Its History and Folklore

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From the first day of a tax on Irish spirits in the early seventeenth century moonshining became a life style that found its roots in America Moonshining survived wars insurrections depressio. Moonshine Its History Folklore is an interesting exploration of moonshine's lineage with some fair foregrounding in the history of fermentation distillation Esther Kellner also examines how alcohol has been intimately connected to basic survival throughout much of human history Kellner's uick history of alcohol definitely filled in a number of gaps for me The history of the local tavern was fascinating in its connection to the story of humanity The mini biography of the legendary revenuer Big Six Henderson was also uite fun The book is filled with collouialisms that have mostly fallen out of usage but some would be fun to revive No claws show in a cat's trail The young man was arrested for being distempered on wine and misspending his timeWith biases evinced in some of the unnecessary dichotomies the author draws pagan et al as with all books readers must think for themselves weigh consider and not be too lazy to push back on an author when the moments call or too rigid when the author's palette does not tickle readers' fancies

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Ns temperance movements Prohibition and the Internal Revenue Service This is also the saga of the revenue men who stalked through the rugged booby trapped terrain Giant among them was Big Six. I was rather surprised at Moonshine presuming it to be a bunch of anecdotes featuring backwoodsmen and revnooers Kellner included plenty of that but she also did indeed write its history and how the hootch was made Good read

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Henderson who in his years as revenue man sent than five hundred to prison Originally published by Bobbs Merrill this is a reprint edition About 8 inches tall 235 pages bibliography glossary. Esther Kellner writes an engaging biography of Moonshine and moonshining the contraband corn whiskey from the backwoods of Kentucky and the history of bootlegging and tax evasion that encouraged its illegal production Whether the producers were Scotch Irish immigrants or settled frontiersmen the lawless production of distilled spirits is tracked as a cat and mouse game between citizens who felt entitled to produce what they wanted on their own land and federal authorities who through their burgeoning Internal Revenue System were working to tax these products Particularly engaging are the bits of trivia Kellner includes to show the often humorous but occasionally reckless extremes of each party the evasive antics of countless embezzlers and perjurers are described in detail and are contrasted with the tirades of Carry Nation and other 'dryness' advocates But as Kellner describes it most of Moonshine's history and folklore existed in the back country not in the city taverns And so she follows the figure of William Big Six Henderson a leading revenue agent who levied the rules of law enforcement against the sprawling illegal practice Accounts of specific 'raiding and running' episodes of Henderson's career both open and close this book And in the numerous brief anecdotes contained in her story Kellner focuses largely on the violators' devotion both to their product and to their nemesis Her retelling sheds light on a professional relationship between the outlaws who owned their technical moonshining craft and the strategic law enforcement officials who would eventually bring them down The Harpist of Madrid years as revenue man sent than five hundred to prison Originally published by Bobbs Merrill this is a reprint edition About 8 inches tall 235 pages bibliography glossary. Esther Kellner writes an engaging biography of Moonshine and moonshining the contraband corn whiskey from the backwoods of Kentucky and the history of bootlegging and tax evasion that encouraged its illegal production Whether the producers were Scotch Irish immigrants or settled frontiersmen the lawless production of distilled spirits is tracked as a cat and mouse game between citizens who felt entitled to produce what they wanted on their own land and federal authorities who through their burgeoning Internal Revenue System were working to tax these products Particularly engaging are the bits of trivia Kellner includes to show the often humorous but occasionally reckless extremes of each party the evasive antics of countless embezzlers and perjurers are described in detail and are contrasted with the tirades of Carry Nation and other 'dryness' advocates But as Kellner describes it most of Moonshine's history and folklore existed in the back country not in the city taverns And so she follows the figure of William Big Six Henderson a leading revenue agent who levied the rules of law enforcement against the sprawling illegal practice Accounts of specific 'raiding and running' episodes of Henderson's career both open and close this book And in the numerous brief anecdotes contained in her story Kellner focuses largely on the violators' devotion both to their product and to their nemesis Her retelling sheds light on a professional relationship between the outlaws who owned their technical moonshining craft and the strategic law enforcement officials who would eventually bring them down


6 thoughts on “Moonshine Its History and Folklore

  1. says:

    Moonshine Its History Folklore is an interesting exploration of moonshine's lineage with some fair foregrounding in the history of fermentation distillation Esther Kellner also examines how alcohol has been intimately connected to basic survival throughout much of human history Kellner's uick history of alcohol definitely filled in a number of gaps for me The history of the local tavern was fascinating in its connection to the story of humanity The mini biography of the legendary revenuer Big Six Henderson was also uite fun The book is filled with collouialisms that have mostly fallen out of usage but some would be fun to revive No claws show in a cat's trail The young man was arrested for being distempered on wine and misspending his timeWith biases evinced in some of the unnecessary dichotomies the author draws pagan et al as with all books readers must think for themselves weigh consider and not be too lazy to push back on an author when the moments call or too rigid when the author's palette does not tickle readers' fancies


  2. says:

    I was rather surprised at Moonshine presuming it to be a bunch of anecdotes featuring backwoodsmen and revnooers Kellner included plenty of that but she also did indeed write its history and how the hootch was made Good read


  3. says:

    Esther Kellner writes an engaging biography of Moonshine and moonshining the contraband corn whiskey from the backwoods of Kentucky and the history of bootlegging and tax evasion that encouraged its illegal production Whether the producers were Scotch Irish immigrants or settled frontiersmen the lawless production of distilled spirits is tracked as a cat and mouse game between citizens who felt entitled to produce what they wanted on their own land and federal authorities who through their burgeoning Internal Revenue System were working to tax these products Particularly engaging are the bits of trivia Kellner includes to show the often humorous but occasionally reckless extremes of each party the evasive antics of countless embezzlers and perjurers are described in detail and are contrasted with the tirades of Carry Nation and other 'dryness' advocates But as Kellner describes it most of Moonshine's history and folklore existed in the back country not in the city taverns And so she follows the figure of William Big Six Henderson a leading revenue agent who levied the rules of law enforcement against the sprawling illegal practice Accounts of specific 'raiding and running' episodes of Henderson's career both open and close this book And in the numerous brief anecdotes contained in her story Kellner focuses largely on the violators' devotion both to their product and to their nemesis Her retelling sheds light on a professional relationship between the outlaws who owned their technical moonshining craft and the strategic law enforcement officials who would eventually bring them down


  4. says:

    The history was a little sloppy but the cat and mouse stories of moonshiners and revenue agents at the end of the book were good fun Revenue agent Big Six Henderson arrested than 5000 moonshiners in Kentucky and he never had to hold any of them in custody; he simply told them to show up for arraignment on a given date and they always kept their word


  5. says:

    This was an interesting book but I simply couldn't get much into it I did skim through it and read bits and pieces of it Some of it was interesting for me others not so much


  6. says:

    3 starThis was an interesting book but I simply couldn't get much into it I did skim through it and read bits and pieces of it Some of it was interesting for me others not so much


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