By Stephen T. Moore

Between 1920 and 1933 the difficulty of prohibition proved to be the best problem to Canada-U.S. relatives. whilst the USA followed nationwide prohibition in 1920—ironically, simply as Canada used to be leaving behind its personal nationwide and provincial experiments with prohibition—U.S. travelers and money briskly headed north and Canadian liquor went south. regardless of repeated efforts, americans have been not able to safe Canadian counsel in implementing American prohibition legislation until eventually 1930.
Bootleggers and Borders explores the real yet strangely missed Canada-U.S. courting within the Pacific Northwest in the course of Prohibition. Stephen T. Moore keeps that the explanation Prohibition created such an intractable challenge lies now not with the connection among Ottawa and Washington DC yet with daily operations skilled on the border point, the place overseas kinfolk are carried out in line with diverse tools and ideas and are trained via varied assumptions, identities, and cultural values.
Through an exploration of border family within the Pacific Northwest, Bootleggers and Borders bargains perception into now not only the Canada-U.S. dating yet also the refined yet vital transformations within the strategies Canadians and americans hired whilst faced with related difficulties. eventually, British Columbia’s approach to addressing temperance supplied the us with a version that will develop into significant to its abandonment and substitute of Prohibition. 

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6² This sense of marginalization was no less significant south of the border, even if it might have been felt less tangibly. Americans did not receive their mail bearing Canadian postmarks and their news generally came from American, not Canadian, sources. However, the American Northwest’s dependence on the Northeast and Midwest — as a source of capital and as a market for agricultural and resource exports — remained, and remains, one of the region’s most repetitive themes. 6³ This remoteness, combined with its role as supplier of raw materials for eastern markets, made the region acutely aware of its colonial status and its vulnerability to forces outside the region and beyond its control.

The reality was that those in charge of smuggling enforcement faced a daunting, almost impossible task, due primarily to the magnitude of the area to be patrolled and a lack of sufficient funds and resources, as well as a revenue code that made enforcement a subjective endeavor. S. 8³ It was not uncommon for the Coast Guard to patrol Northwest waters with only two cutters — large, notoriously slow, ungainly vessels clearly outmatched by the more numerous, smaller, and speedier launches used by smugglers.

6 They were centers for drunkenness and physical violence and were closely associated with other vices, such as gambling and prostitution, that led men away from family and conjugal fidelity. Also popular were private boxes, or “wine rooms,” complete with a couch. Though not publically advertised, what occurred in the private rooms was commonly understood. ²7 By the mid-nineteenth century a disparate group of missionaries, ministers, social reformers, and even labor leaders had united to attack the saloon in a more organized fashion.

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