Rum Running and the Roaring Twenties
Prohibition on the Michigan-Ontario Waterway
Using police and court records, newspaper accounts, and interviews with those who lived during the time, Philip P. Mason has constructed a fascinating history of life in Michigan during Prohibition. He regales readers with stories of the bungled efforts by officials at every level to control the smuggling and sale of illegal alcohol. Most entertaining are the creative smuggling efforts undertaken by citizens of all walks of life-the poor, middle class, and affluent, upstanding citizens and organized criminals and gang members.
By 1928 Prohibition was a major issue in the presidential campaign. In 1933, with the support of President Franklin Roosevelt, Michigan's governor William Comstock, and other leaders, the Twenty-first Amendment was passed, repealing Prohibition. Michigan was the first state to ratify the amendment on April 10, 1933, and soon the Detroit River was returned to pleasure boats and fishing and commercial vessels whose holds no longer carried illegal liquor.
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"This book provides an insightful, entertaining look at the excesses and failures of Prohibition in the US and particularly Michigan where popular ferry service between Windsor and Detroit provided the perfect avenue for transportation liquor."—Inland Seas
"Rum Running and the Roaring Twenties succeeds in capturing the essence of the era, when flappers, urban development, fads, and speakeasies dominated American culture."—Midwest Book Review
"[Mason] provides an overview of some lesser-known aspects of Prohibition in the Michigan–Ontario border country."—Detroit Sunday Journal
"A sound, informative, and immensely entertaining book about Prohibition in Southeastern Michigan."—The Flint Journal
"Mason has constructed a fascinating history of the Prohibition era."—
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