Bootleg by Karen Blumenthal
Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition

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It began with the best of intentions. Worried about the effects of alcohol on American families, mothers and civic leaders started a movement to outlaw drinking in public places. Over time, their protests, petitions, and activism paid off—when a Constitional Amendment banning the sale and consumption of alcohol was ratified, it was hailed as the end of public drunkenness, alcoholism, and a host of other social ills related to booze. Instead, it began a decade of lawlessness, when children smuggled (and drank) illegal alcohol, the most upright citizens casually broke the law, and a host of notorious gangsters entered the public eye. Filled with period art and photographs, anecdotes, and portraits of unique characters from the era, this fascinating book looks at the rise and fall of the disastrous social experiment known as Prohibition.  Bootleg is a 2011 Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year title. One of School Library Journal’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2011.YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist in 2012.

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KAREN BLUMENTHAL is a critically acclaimed children's non-fiction writer and a long-time journalist for the Wall Street Journal. She is the author of Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition, which received four starred reviews, Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929, which was a Sibert Honor Book, and Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX, which won a Jane Addams Children's Book Award. She lives in Dallas, Texas.
Published May 24, 2011 by Flash Point. 176 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Drawing from period newspaper accounts, personal anecdotes and other primary sources, the author puts a human face on history, chronicling how parents brewed booze in their bathtubs and children smuggled the hooch.

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