Just over four fifths of voters in Kentucky voted to repeal Prohibition on November 7, 1933. That decision was was ratified on November 27th. The stories below illustrate what kind of a place Prohibition era Kentucky was.

  • Clip showing the views of one mother from Kentucky.A group of women from Kentucky decided they didn't like the moonshining that was going on around their homes, and decided to take matters into their own hands, raiding stills in the mountains and destroying at least six of them. These women were frequently threatened, but didn't seem to mind, as the quote from one somewhat extremist woman in the clipping to the right shows.

  • In 1930, a Prohibition official was charged with murder. Evidently he had shot a man during a liquor raid.


MOUNTAIN WOMEN FIGHT MOONSHINERS , Special to The Washington Post. The Washington Post 1877; Aug 22, 1921; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Washington Post (1877 1991) , pg. 3

Rum Raid Murder Charged to Deputy , The Washington Post (1877-1954); Apr 1, 1930; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Washington Post (1877 1992) , pg. 4

Newspaper clipping courtesy of The Washington Post, accessed via ProQuest.