If and when a revenuer threatens to pay a visit, the local lawmen instantly alert the Bondurants, along with every other moonshiner
in Franklin County, Virginia.
The sport itself was an outgrowth of Prohibition, when moonshiners
used tricked-out cars to outrun government agents.
Aside from its ease of manufacture-you can make meth out of readily available industrial and pharmaceutical products, enabling a twenty-first-century variant on the moonshiners
of earlier generations such as Jarvis--the drug's most novel aspect was its clientele: the same predominantly white small-town residents who had watched the urban depredations of crack cocaine from afar and told themselves that they weren't that kind of people.
For decades, the Treasury Department maintained that unregulated home brewing could not be permitted because it might provide cover to moonshiners
, since the mash that remains after brewing beer can be distilled into liquor.
Whereas the moonshiners
of Mayberry were love-able, Davies lives in a world where a tiny rainbow sticker sent a homophobe to deface her beloved, gray Volkswagen Bug with a red "fAg" and "u r gay.
Even when one is able to think beyond the tired, old depictions of dirt-poor mountaineers, moonshiners
, feudists like the Hatfields and McCoys, Protestant fundamentalists and snake-handlers, or the singers of old-time British ballads to the region's famously embattled coal miners, commonplace images, nonetheless, are of white "Anglo-Saxons.
Why, there's nothing down there but moonshiners
and wildlife," his companion replied.
In this category are two books on the Seminoles, several biographies, as well as Female Activists in Twentieth-Century Florida; Gladesmen: Gator Hunters, Moonshiners
, and Skiffers; Florida's Farmworkers in the Twenty-first Century; Hitler's Soldiers in the Sunshine State; and The Invisible Empire: The Ku Klux Klan.
After the Civil War new federal taxes on whiskey production in Arkansas led to violence between revenue agents and moonshiners
are becoming increasingly sophisticated, the process of finding and destroying their operations can be a long and involved one.
While chapters on Moonshiners
, films about "feuding hillbillies and their illegal mountain brew", and Red-Necked Sheriffs are to be expected, it is his deepening and fleshing out of the genre that truly makes his work impressive.
NASCAR has come a long way from its roots as a competition among moonshiners
who souped up their cars to outrun the dreaded revenuers.