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New State Library Exhibit: ‘Prohibition in Tennessee’

News release from Secretary of State’s office:
It was the constitutional amendment that tried – often unsuccessfully – to put Americans on the path to sobriety and in the process created a booming market for Tennessee’s providers of illegal moonshine whiskey.
The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which launched the Prohibition era in 1920, was called the country’s “noble experiment.” That experiment ended 13 years later with the ratification of the 21st Amendment – the only amendment to repeal another amendment – which halted Prohibition and brought imbibing back out of the shadows.
Now a new exhibit in the lobby of the Tennessee State Library and Archives building chronicles the history surrounding the passage of both amendments.
This exhibit, entitled “The Saloon and Anarchy: Prohibition in Tennessee,” surveys the brewing and distilling industries in Tennessee prior to Prohibition, chronicles the rise of the Temperance Movement in the state and the impact it had on the passage of the 18th Amendment, examines the effect that the 18th Amendment had on moonshining in the state, and recounts the passage of the 21st Amendment.

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Whiskey Flowing from Legalized TN Stills

Whiskey is being legally made in Nashville for the first time since Prohibition, reports Bonna Johnson in a followup on what’s happened since small liquor distilleries were legalized by the Legislature in 2009.
Nearly two years after a state law overturned Prohibition-era restrictions on the manufacture of distilled spirits and eased the way for liquor manufacturing, Corsair is one of only two distilleries to set up shop in the state. The other is moonshine-making Ole Smoky Distillery in Gatlinburg.
But local distillers say this small start is the beginning of a growing movement for Tennessee to reclaim its whiskey-making heritage as the artisan distillery industry is flourishing in far-flung places such as San Francisco, Denver, Oregon, Michigan and New York.
They envision, in less than 10 years, whiskey enthusiasts flocking to Tennessee’s micro-distilleries just as wine lovers visit the Napa wine country in California.
“Being in Tennessee gives you instant cachet,” said Darek Bell, 37, owner and distiller at Corsair. He is also vice president and partner at Bell and Associates Construction. “When people think of Kentucky and Tennessee, they think of quality whiskey,” he said.