My new series, Higgins & Hawke Mysteries is set in Boston in the 1930s. The Roaring Twenties was just coming to an end and the era of prohibition was nearly over. Prohibition lasted from 1920-1933, with perhaps some surprising consequences. Although the goal of the prohibition movement was to create a safer society, it only served to push criminal activity underground and to heighten illicit activities and violence.
The signing of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution made it illegal to sell, possess, or consume alcohol. However, this didn’t stop restaurant owners, pool rooms or even soda shop owners from secretly selling illegal concoctions!
Speakeasies quickly replaced the bars and taverns that had been shut down. These establishments were as popular as they were illegal. The frequent police raids only added to the excitement. Speakeasies received their name from patrons being required to whisper a password in order to gain entrance. ((Ginger Gold visits speakeasies in the Ginger Gold Mysteries series))
Hidden distilleries and breweries could be found in homes, cellars, and cabins all over the country. Bootleggers and rum-runners were the daring individuals who risked their freedoms and sometimes even lives to transport alcohol from secret breweries to the establishments that sold it underhandedly.
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