Prohibition and the Smuggling of Intoxicating Liquors between the Two Saults
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The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Jul 2001, p. 33-40
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Lefebvre, Andrew, Author
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Text
Item Type
Articles
Description
Prohibition brought with it opportunities for many people to make easy money in the rum- running business. One ofthe largest problems with enforcing prohibition was that Ontario and the United States enacted similar, but distinct, acts governing the sale, consumption, and manufacture of intoxicating liquors. There are many descriptive names for the period following World War I, "the dry decade", "the lawless decade", "the era of excess", and "the roaring twenties." Each name evokes mental images different in nature but still holding a common influence: prohibition, speakeasies, bootlegging, and all the inherent problems associated with them. This paper will focus on smuggling activity between Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. First, there will be an examination of the different laws governing prohibition in Ontario and the United States. Next, there will be a discussion about the smuggling operations. Finally, the role of the US Coast Guard at the Sault will be deliberated.
Date of Publication
Jul 2001
Date Of Event
1919-1928
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Language of Item
English
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Canadian Nautical Research Society
Recommended Citation
The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord, XI, No. 3 (July 2001), 33-40.
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Canadian Nautical Research Society
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Prohibition and the Smuggling of Intoxicating Liquors between the Two Saults


Prohibition brought with it opportunities for many people to make easy money in the rum- running business. One ofthe largest problems with enforcing prohibition was that Ontario and the United States enacted similar, but distinct, acts governing the sale, consumption, and manufacture of intoxicating liquors. There are many descriptive names for the period following World War I, "the dry decade", "the lawless decade", "the era of excess", and "the roaring twenties." Each name evokes mental images different in nature but still holding a common influence: prohibition, speakeasies, bootlegging, and all the inherent problems associated with them. This paper will focus on smuggling activity between Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. First, there will be an examination of the different laws governing prohibition in Ontario and the United States. Next, there will be a discussion about the smuggling operations. Finally, the role of the US Coast Guard at the Sault will be deliberated.