This little beauty, bootlegger Roy Taylor, was captured and put behind bars,
arrested on December 9,1920 for distilling moonshine. It was during the time of Prohibition and three Indianapolis police officers had raided a farm just outside the city, where they confiscated a large still, thirty-eight gallons of "white mule" whiskey, one gallon of malt, fifteen pounds of flour,
a hundred pounds of corn sugar, and two hundred gallons of mash.
Taylor later pleaded guilty to operating an illegal saloon, was fined $100,
and sentenced to serve 120 days at the Indiana State Penal Farm.
Mr. Taylor, who is otherwise unemployed, distilled the whiskey
as a way to earn money to support his family.*
These photos were taken at the Indiana Historical Society exhibit,
You Are There 1920: Busted! Prohibition Enforced,
which is a recreation of the Indianapolis police headquarters
on the day they raided the farm at New Bethel, Indiana.
The exhibit explains how Prohibition resulted, in part, from an attitude of xenophobia and "nativism" which blamed immigrants, primarily
Germans, Irish and Scots for many of the crimes and
social concerns of the day -- high unemployment, urban decay,
health problems, delinquency and moral decline.
The exhibition asks visitors to draw comparisions with our attitudes
towards immigrants a hundred years ago and the manner in which
the same issues are addressed today.
*Information for this item was taken from
Lesson Plans: Prohibition Undertones, a publication of the
Indiana Historical Society, 2011
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