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Bernie, You're a Bootlegger!: A Family's Escapades During the Prohibition Era

Joan Winghart Wilcox Sullivan

When the Prohibition era arrives in 1920, it changes the lives of almost every person living in America, including Bernie Winghart.

Instead of pursuing a career as a factory worker or mechanic, Bernie vows to "save the people" from the bad liquor that's killing them. He teams up with his brother, Joe Winghart Jr., and his sister-in-law, Mayme Schaller Winghart, to illegally sell alcohol to the masses. Known as the "Bootlegging Trio," they profit handsomely.

Even so, this formerly upstanding family from upstate New York is now part of a secret underworld of lawbreakers that includes sinister gangsters. There is danger everywhere, and Bernie is so intimidated that he vows never to marry until he's out of the business. He goes from woman to woman, breaking hearts.

Told through the perspective of the bootleggers' daughter, Bernie, You're a Bootlegger! gives a glimpse into how Prohibition affected one family and an entire nation until it was declared a failure.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing
  • Publish Date: Jul 9th, 2010
  • Pages: 88
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.18in - 0.28lb
  • EAN: 9781426934537
  • Categories: United States - 20th Century

About the Author

Joan Winghart Wilcox Sullivan formerly lived in near Braddocks Bay in upstate New York, where "Bernie, You're a Bootlegger!" is based. Several of her family members were once bootleggers, and she conducted extensive genealogical research to write this book.