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The History of Moonshine - making moonshine is considered a tradition; it is part of Appalachian & Southern culture that thrives throughout the history of the South. Even though the days of moonshine runners are long gone, their history helped create custom cars & hot rods and make NASCAR a part of our Southern tradition.

Mary Surratt, 42, proprietor of a Maryland tavern and a Washington boarding house that served as meeting places and safe houses for Confederate spies and couriers. She was found guilty for her part in Lincoln's assassination. Pictured: Mary Surratt, the first woman ever put to death by the Federal Government.

Washington, D.C. Adjusting the ropes to hang the conspirator's accused of assassinating Lincoln

Largest Moonshine Still Seized ~ During 1920s' Prohibition, moonshine, also known as "hooch" and "white lightning," was illegally produced, especially in the southern states and Appalachia. Moonshine, home produced alcohol or whiskey, used a still for distillation. Producers and smugglers usually worked by "moonshine" to avoid detection. Initially, the Internal Revenue Service enforced 1920s' Prohibition, and agents who destroyed stills were known as "revenuers."

In an era when corn was plentiful and dollars were not, Rabun County men, like their neighbors in all of Georgia and much of Appalachia, turned to the production and selling of moonshine to put food on the table for their families.

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Cork family parts with Titanic victim's message in a bottle

Titanic victim Jeremiah Burke, 19, from Glanmire in Cork was given a Holy Water bottle at the quayside in Cobh by his mother before he set off for the US. As the Titanic sank in the early hours of 15 April, 1912, he threw the bottle and message into the sea. The bottle was washed ashore a year later in Dunkettle, only a few miles from his family home. The note, which read "From Titanic, goodbye all, Burke of Glanmire, Cork" has remained in the Burke family for nearly a century.

Prohibition agents pour out alcohol during a raid on an illegal distillery in Detroit in 1929.

Beaufort, South Carolina. Several generations of a slave family, all born on the plantation of J.J. Smith. Taken in 1862 by Timothy O'Sullivan.