Moonshining or illicit distilling, defined as the making of untaxed or blockade liquor, has occurred in Appalachia beginning with the first settlers to the region, particularly amongst the Scots-Irish. Considered a cultural legacy and an art by its participants, moonshining has been seen as an illegal, nefarious activity in the United States since in 1791. This pathfinder is an introduction the art of distilling, the selling, and the history of the Federal Revenue enforcers who targeted Appalachia as a hotbed for illicit distilling.
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Compiler: Aaron Lancaster, November 2010