Upon the passing of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution - more commonly known as the prohibition amendment - in 1920, the making, selling, possessing, and consuming of alcohol was deemed illegal.
By the early 1930s, alcohol was still illegal, but in areas such as North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Tennessee people found ways to buy or make their own alcohol. Moonshine, often referred to as “hooch” or “white lightning,” describes high-proof distilled spirits that are typically made from corn mash and revolves around two processes: fermentation and distillation.
The Moonshine industry was highly profitable and bootleggers were seen as outlaws in the eyes of Federal agents. The key to any successful moonshine operation, besides a quality product, was a good car. Bootleggers modified their automobiles to get the best driving performance and the most storage space. These cars enhanced the speed and efficiency of the bootlegging routes and often left the Feds in the dust.
Although Moonshining in the United States dates back to colonial days, its most infamous period took place during the 20s and 30s and continued after the repeal of prohibition in 1933.
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