Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren't

Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren't

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In 1929, it was estimated that every week bootleggers brought twenty-two thousand gallons of whiskey, moonshine, and other spirits into Washington, D.C.'s three thousand speakeasies. H.L. Mencken called it the "thirteen awful years," though it was sixteen for the district. Nevertheless, the bathtub gin, swilling capital dwellers made the most of Prohibition. Author Garrett Peck crafts a rollicking history brimming with stories of vice, topped off with vintage cocktail recipes and garnished with a walking tour of former speakeasies. Join Peck as he explores an underground city ruled not by organized crime but by amateur bootleggers, where publicly teetotaling congressmen could get a stiff drink behind House office doors and the African American community of U Street was humming with a new sound called jazz. 

Garrett Peck is a literary journalist who leads the Temperance Tour of Prohibition-related sites in Washington, D.C. 


160 pages  

Measurements: 6 x 9 inches  

Published by The History Press in 2011