Prohibition attempted to kill John Barleycorn, the personification of intoxicating drinks, but in Delaware the notice of his death was premature. Government agents tried in vain to stop bootleggers and rumrunners, who fed the speakeasies that quenched the thirst of the people of the First State. Against the backdrop of the Roaring Twenties, bootleggers sped up and down the new Du Pont Boulevard, while enforcement agents, such as the Bible-thumping "Three Gun" Wilson, tried in vain to stop them. The stock market crash and the Great Depression ended dry laws and brought about the resurrection of Barleycorn. Local author Michael Morgan recounts the dramatic tales of this unique period of Delaware history.
On the eve of Prohibition, the Wilmington Sunday Morning Star commented: An interesting feature of saloons in Delaware is the fact that all licenses were granted as inn and tavern licenses and were granted to permit not only sale of ...
Author: Michael Morgan
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Category: True Crime