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from Bordeaux to Berlin than from Napa to New Jersey. Consumers, too, have to negotiate local and state laws that can ban the sale of alcohol outright or restrict sale not only by the age of the purchaser but also by time, day of the week, and location. Although some of these barriers are being pruned like a vine after har- vest—or, in some cases, uprooted altogether—their roots are deep, and change has been only recent. CHAPTER 4 Baptists and Bootleggers The Strange Bedfellows of American Wine 67 PROHIBITION’S VICIOUS HANGOVER Part of the resistance to wine in

266 8 Bootlegging The Clandestine Traffic in Fight Pictures, 1916–1940 Fight film suppression keeps a person dizzy. The pictures can’t be seen for love or money. One judges Mr. Dempsey’s friends are busy— Or can it be the friends of Mr. Tunney? l.h.r., “These Days,” New York Times, October 16, 1927 Following the legal suppression of prizefight films in 1915, ring promoters continued to record big matches, but fight pictures were never again inte- grated into the mainstream American film industry. Hollywood loved box- ing and star boxers, but the major producer

From Prohibition to the Present
Conversations with Contemporary Cinematographers
A History of Boxing and Early Cinema

List of Illustrations ix List of Sidebars xi Preface and Acknowledgments xiii 1. What Is Wine Politics? 1 2. Soil and Society 7 3. Authenticating Origins 37 4. Baptists and Bootleggers 67 5. Who Controls Your Palate? 103 6. Greens, Gripes, and Grapes 125 7. Celebrating Diversity 145 Notes 149 Bibliography 167 Index 173 Contents


Exhibition and White Suppression, 1908–1910 195 7. jack johnson’s decline: The Prizefight Film Ban, 1911–1915 239 8. bootlegging: The Clandestine Traffic in Fight Pictures, 1916–1940 266 Filmography 291 Notes 305 Index 369 Contents This page intentionally left blank


ix Criminology has an urban bias. It is easy to forget that much crime occurs in small towns and other rural areas, and that city crime often depends on a rural hinterland for obtaining its illegal product. Th e days of bootleg liquor bring Al Capone to mind, evoking memories of Chicago organized crime and the equivalent in other cities. We forget that the urban bootleg whiskey came from the hills of Appalachia, where hill farmers speaking heavy dialects pro- duced corn whiskey using fuel chopped down with an ax. Rashi Shukla counters the urban bias by


. The Hidden Realm of Rural Property Crime / 1 / 5 Theft Bootlegging From Robbery to Organized Crime: Gangs, Bandits, and Horsethieves Arson The Economics of Property Crime 5. From Insult to Homicide: Honor, Violence, and Crimes against Persons / 145 Insult and Honor Assaults and Fights Sexual Assault Homicide 6. Questions of Belief: "Superstition," Crime, and the Law / 1 7 6 Foundations of Persecution: Crimes against the Faith Investigating Crime Exploiting Popular Belief Fine Lines: From Superstition to Crime Powers of the Dead 7. Varieties of

organized crime, whose domestic bootlegging at home contrasted with the industrial scale of alcohol produc- tion and distribution coordinated by organized crime. This chapter estab- lishes an important piece of this book’s puzzle: women’s participation in the 5. Chicago, Crime, and Prohibition Chicago, Crime, and Prohibition / 87 illicit “booze” economy increased to 27 percent of alcohol establishments during Prohibition. Even though organized crime and its restructured pro- tection market largely ignored women’s and families’ localized illicit estab- lishments