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Popcorn Sutton: The Last Moonshiner

The following article ran May 22 on the Twisted South site. It is re-posted here with permission.   Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton was a living legend. The day he committed suicide, he launched himself into the pages of American lore. Since his death he’s become the Paul Bunyan of moonshine. Both men had impressive beards and […]

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The bootleg capital of Ohio

New Straitsville, OH was considered the Bootleg Capital of Ohio during the Depression. Its population of enterprising ex-coalminers concealed dozens of illegal moonshine stills in the area’s hollows and abandoned mineshafts, selling it to a nation desperate for a stiff drink. Today, New Straitsville’s bootlegging tradition is honored with an annual Memorial Day weekend Moonshine […]

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Appalachian Moonshine – In the Pale Moonlight

Many try to get away from the Hollywood stereotype of the moonshiner, a backwoods hooligan forever existing for most of Appalachia. To some extent that was true. It was not everyone’s story to be a part of the illegal whiskey making tradition in Appalachia, but it was a valid part of a long history in our mountains.

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Book Review: ‘Corn From a Jar’ emphasizes humanity of moonshiners

A lot of folks overlook the intelligence and creativity of many moonshiners. The stereotype depicts them as ignorant hicks, but so many of them were or are very sharp cookies. I’ve often said about Junior Johnson that he probably never read a book on physics, but he could probably write one.

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Sipping free whiskey and acting like they’re in hog heaven

Daddy got caught the first time in about 1916 or ’17. The law was paying informers to tell on people. They put his bail bond at fifty dollars. That was on a Friday, and we didn’t have any money, so the next morning Mama gets me to hitch up the mule and we loaded up […]

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