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This Country Improves in Cultivation, Wickedness, Mills, and Still: Distilling and Drinking in Antebellum Western North Carolina

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In the years prior to the American Civil War, the act of creating moonshine whiskey was an important economic activity in the western mountains of North Carolina. It was often more financially profitable for famers to turn their corn or fruit crops into liquor. Temperance movements of the mid-19th century labeled these people as criminals but only marginally affected the distillation and consumption of said liquor.
North Carolina Historical Review (NoCar F251 .N892), Vol. 83 Issue 4, Oct 2006, p447-478 , il, por, f