Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

The Glen Rose Moonshine Raid

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

The Glen Rose Moonshine Raid

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The Glen Rose Moonshine Raid. By Martin Brown. Foreword by W. C. Jameson. (Mount Pleasant, S.C.: Arcadia Publishing, 2017. Pp. 110. Paper, $21.99, ISBN 978-1-62585-945-7; cloth, $27.99, ISBN 978-1-5402-2653-2.) The story Martin Brown tells of the 1923 Glen Rose, Texas, moonshine raid reminds us of some very important facts about the moonshine business during the Prohibition era. First, the moonshine business was not confined to the backwoods of Appalachia or the Ozarks and was common in the swamps, hills, and even the towns and cities of the South. Second, moonshiners were generally not the ignorant, gap-toothed, lazy, hog-rifle-toting yahoos common in depictions of mountain people in popular books, movies, comics, and television shows that thoroughly engrained such images in America's popular imagination. Indeed, in the case of Glen Rose we have a location in the plains of Texas, sixty miles southwest of the Dallas/Fort Worth area where the principal moonshiners in the story were some of the leading citizens in the community, including a sheriff, a county prosecutor, and a prominent local doctor. …

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