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    Why Were Bootleggers Called That?

    Why Were Bootleggers Called That? -- Today I Found Out



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    Although Prohibition officially began on January 16, 1920, the impetus for banning the production, sale, importation and transportation (though not the consumption) of alcohol had been brewing for decades before. Part of a string of reforms introduced by Progressives, Protestants and other activists to cure all of society’s ills, limiting the consumption of alcohol was thought by many to be the cure for domestic violence, poor health, loose morals and, of course, public drunkenness.

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    Re: Why Were Bootleggers Called That?

    Pity they did fuck all about the rampant sexual abuse in society, a truly worthy goal, instead of making criminals richer...sigh
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49025423
    Srill interesting to know where terms come from

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    Re: Why Were Bootleggers Called That?

    One of the interesting parts for me was about the government agents poisoning some of the bootleg alcohol and letting it kill thousands of people.

    Most TV and movie programs about the era show authorities destroying alcohol, not contaminating it to harm the end users...

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