The online journal Southern Spaces, produced at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, recently published two excerpts from Charles Thompson’s new book, Spirits of Just Men: Mountaineers, Liquor Bosses, and Lawmen in the Moonshine Capital of the World. The first excerpt, a video produced by Marissa Katarina Bergmann, offers glimpses of modern-day Shooting Creek juxtaposed with historical images, remembrances of Thompson’s grandfather, and the music of Charlie Poole. The second excerpt, previously published on Southern Spaces, sketches the origins of whiskey-making in the backcountry and recalls the resistance to Alexander Hamilton’s efforts to impose a whiskey tax.
Shooting Creek. Video reading of an excerpt from Spirits of Just Men by Charles D. Thompson, Jr. Produced by Marissa Katarina Bergmann. Images courtesy of Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College. Shot and edited for southernspaces.org.
Southern Spaces is an interdisciplinary journal about regions, places, and cultures of the American South and their global connections. Learn more at the website http://southernspaces.org.