Prohibition in Hamtramck: Gangsters, Gunfights & Getaways

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The National Prohibition Act was no match for Hamtramck. Once a small farming village, Hamtramck grew to be a major industrial city in just a decade. With that came enormous social problems and a peculiar concept that the legality of alcohol wasn't a constraint but, rather, an opportunity. Flaunting the infamous law became a way of life in Hamtramck, where it was as easy to get a drink as an ice cream cone. Paddy McGraw proudly ran his speakeasy and brothel with impunity. Mayors Peter Jezewski and Rudolph Tenerowicz were sent to prison for violations but were rewarded by the public. Join author Greg Kowalski as he delves into Hamtramck's raucous prohibition history.
ISBN: 9781467117531
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Michigan
Series: American Palate
Images: 53
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Greg Kowalski was born in Hamtramck in St. Francis Hospital and has lived in the city all his life. He has worked in communications for over forty years. Greg served as editor of the Hamtramck Citizen newspaper and Birmingham Eccentric newspaper, among others, and has written several books on Hamtramck. Greg has served as chairman of the Hamtramck Historical Commission since 1998 and helped found the Hamtramck Historical Museum. He has also published Wicked Hamtramck with The History Press.
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