Whiskey Business: New York City Bootlegging Arrests Under the Mullan-Gage Act, 1921–1923

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KAdams_FINAL.pdf

Citation

[Unknown User], “Whiskey Business: New York City Bootlegging Arrests Under the Mullan-Gage Act, 1921–1923,” Scholar@Simmons, accessed September 25, 2020, https://beatleyweb.simmons.edu/scholar/items/show/387.

Title

Whiskey Business: New York City Bootlegging Arrests Under the Mullan-Gage Act, 1921–1923

Creator

Adams, Kara

Date

2019

Description

During Prohibition in the United States, many states passed laws relegating enforcement to state agencies. New York’s Mullan-Gage Act went into effect in 1921 and resulted in thousands of indictments for possession, manufacture, distribution, sale, and purchase of alcohol by NYC residents. This project characterizes demographics of indictments under the Act, examining New York District Attorney records and defendant-provided information to analyze nativity, gender, and class of individuals indicted between 1921–1923. Contrary to the expectations of the nativist sentiment behind the temperance movement, the Mullan-Gage indictment data shows that not only were native-born Americans the highest proportion of indictments, but all ethnic groups were almost equally as likely to work inter-ethnically as they were to work only with other individuals of their ethnic group.

Subject

bootlegging, rumrunning, Prohibition, Mullan-Gage Act, quantitative history

Publisher

Simmons University (Boston, Mass.)

Rights

Material from the Simmons University Archives collections are made available for study purposes only. For more information, or to request rights to reproduce or reuse any material, contact the the Simmons University Archives at archives@simmons.edu.

Format

1 PDF (65 Pages)

Language

English

Type

Masters Theses

Potential Collection

Dual History and Archives Management