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Author Lawson, Ellen NicKenzie.

Title Smugglers, bootleggers, and scofflaws : New York City and prohibition / Ellen NicKenzie Lawson.

Publication Info. Albany : Excelsior Editions, 2013.


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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 158 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prologue -- New York's Rum Row -- Long Island, Brooklyn, Staten Island and New Jersey -- Landfall Manhattan -- The Broadway Mob -- Scofflaw City -- Unprecedented Repeal : the 21st Amendment -- Manahachtanienk -- Appendix: Selected Primary Documents.
Summary "With the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment, 'drying up' New York City promised to be the greatest triumph of the proponents of Prohibition. Instead, the city remained the nation's greatest liquor market. Smugglers, Bootleggers, and Scofflaws focuses on liquor smuggling to tell the story of Prohibition in New York City. Using previously unstudied Coast Guard records from 1920 to 1933 for New York City and environs, Ellen NicKenzie Lawson examines the development of Rum Row and smuggling via the coasts of Long Island, the Long Island Sound, the Jersey shore, and along the Hudson and East Rivers. Lawson demonstrates how smuggling syndicates on the Lower East Side, the West Side, and Little Italy contributed to the emergence of the Broadway Mob. She also explores New York City's scofflaw population--patrons of thirty thousand speakeasies and five hundred nightclubs--as well as how politicians Fiorello La Guardia, James 'Jimmy' Walker, Nicholas Murray Butler, Pauline Morton Sabin, and Al Smith articulated their views on Prohibition to the nation. Lawson argues that in their assertion of the freedom to drink alcohol for enjoyment, New York's smugglers, bootleggers, and scofflaws belong in the American tradition of defending liberty. The result was the historically unprecedented step of repeal of a constitutional amendment with passage of the Twenty-first Amendment in 1933"-- Publisher's web page.
Note Print version record.
Subject Prohibition -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century.
Crime -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century.
Criminals -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century.
Smugglers -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century.
New York (N.Y.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Infrastructure.
Crime. (OCoLC)fst00882984
Criminals. (OCoLC)fst00883516
Prohibition. (OCoLC)fst01078761
Smugglers. (OCoLC)fst01121772
Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst01919811
New York (State) -- New York. (OCoLC)fst01204333
Chronological Term 1900 - 1999
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Print version: Lawson, Ellen NicKenzie. Smugglers, bootleggers, and scofflaws 9781438448169 (DLC) 2012044468 (OCoLC)819531707
ISBN 9781461944706 (electronic bk.)
1461944708 (electronic bk.)
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