The Maceos and The Free State of Galveston: An Authorized History

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Throughout the long and colorful history of Galveston, no name has embodied the “Spirit of the Island” quite like the name Maceo. Two penniless Sicilian immigrants rose from modest beginnings to lead an entire city to prosperity, yet the nature of their industry and its abrupt and embarrassing end resulted in a legacy cloaked in stereotypes and rumor. For nearly forty years, Sam and Rose Maceo ruled a far-reaching underground economy of illegal booze and gambling but used their influence to infuse the “Free State of Galveston” with glamour, fame and fortune—a vision later used as a template for Las Vegas. The island city responded in kind, and its acceptance of the Maceos insulated their empire for decades. Pairing personal interviews of living descendants with her own meticulous research, Kimber Fountain lifts the veil on the Maceo family’s closely guarded heritage.
ISBN: 9781467143530
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Texas
Images: 98
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
A native of the Texas Gulf Coast and longtime resident of Galveston Island, Kimber Fountain has previously published two other books on the city’s rich history: Galveston Seawall Chronicles and Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of the Line. She also serves as chair of the Arts & Historic Preservation Advisory Board to Galveston’s City Council and is occasionally seen on stage at the Island East-End Theatre Company.
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