Mountain Spirits: A Chronicle of Corn Whiskey and the Southern Appalachian Moonshine Tradition

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Originally published in 1974, "Mountain Spirits "traces the history of whiskey making from its origins in Ulster, Ireland, through its arrival in the United States in the great waves of mostly Scotch-Irish settlers who traveled the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road into the Southern Appalachians, making illicit corn "likker" part of the southern way of life. Colorful interviews and stories relate the experiences and methods of the independent moonshiners who plied their craft in the hills, the revenue agents who tracked them down (often with respect and affection) and the wilder young men who hauled the product in the first hotrod cars. As legal distilling brings the tradition to a new generation, Joseph Dabney offers a glimpse of a time when crops were measured in gallons and families carried the secrets of their stills to their graves.
ISBN: 9781626196896
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: North Carolina
Series: American Palate
Images: 75
Pages: 242
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Award-winning author and retired editor and journalist Joseph Earl Dabney is a South Carolina native and lives in Atlanta. His nationally acclaimed books include "Smokehouse Ham, Spoon Bread & Scuppernong Wine, " winner of the James Beard Foundation's 1999 Cookbook of the Year prize. For his folklore books, he received the 2005 Jack Daniels Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Foodways Alliance.
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