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When the rivers ran red : an amazing story of courage and triumph in America's wine country

When the rivers ran red : an amazing story of courage and triumph in America's wine country / Vivienne Sosnowski.
Sosnowski, Vivienne.
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
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xx, 228 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations; 25 cm
"When Prohibition took effect in 1920, only a few months after one of the greatest California grape harvests of all time, violence and chaos descended on Northern California. Federal agents emptied thousands of gallons of wine into rivers and creeks, gun battles erupted on dark country roads, and local law enforcement officers - sympathetic to their wine-making neighbors - found ways to stonewall the intruding authorities. For the state's winemaking families - many of them immigrants from Italy - surviving Prohibition meant facing a crucial decision: give up their idyllic way of life, or break the law for the sake of their livelihood." "Vivienne Sosnowski's intimate history provides us with a new view into Prohibition America, away from the flappers and speakeasies of Chicago and New York-from the halls of Congress to the lovely hills and valleys of wine country, where families hid vintages and prayed for the day when they could resume the craft that they loved. When the Rivers Ran Red tells of the extraordinary adventures and the stalwart efforts of immigrant families - the Seghesios, the Foppianos, the Nichelinis, and the Cuneos - who saved one of America's most beloved traditions."--BOOK JACKET.
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  • Includes bibliographical references (p. [217]-220) and index.
  • 0230605745
  • 9780230605749
  • 2008042021
  • 40016887693
  • ocn226357172
  • 226357172
  • SCSB-5479374
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