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While the state's moonshiners haven't been very active for a while, the practice is beginning to pick up. Sprinkle has found some interesting statistics relative to the increase in illicit distilling throughout the state and other states in this area.
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.