The shuttering of saloons, the death of distilleries. For 13 years, Prohibition was the law of the land--banning the manufacture, sale, and distribution of “intoxicating liquors.” But Maryland’s approach to enforcement was “hands off.”
Historian Michael T. Walshdetails local resistance in his book, “Baltimore Prohibition: Wet and Dry in the Free State.”
He will be speaking tomorrow at B.C. Brewery from 1-3 PM, at 10950 Gilroy Road in Hunt Valley.
Later this month, authors, poets, and readers will gather at the Inner Harbor for the 23rd annual Baltimore Book Festival. Director of the City Lit Project Carla DuPree tells us about the talented writers from near and far who will attend. And Marion Winik, host of WYPR’s Weekly Reader podcast, previews her new book, “The Baltimore Book of the Dead” Plus, author and screenwriter Evan Balkan takes us inside his new young adult novel, “Spitfire,” set in 1950s Highlandtown.
The link to Gil Sandler's story, referred to in Balkan's interview can be found here.
African-Americans living free in Baltimore before the Civil War were constantly testing whether the law and courts saw them as citizens, with rights to be respected.
In a new book, "Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America," Johns Hopkins Professor Martha Jones argues the free blacks of Baltimore shaped the idea of birthright citizenship that made it into the U.S. constitution, and that their struggle still carries meaning for today’s immigrants. This interview originally aired on July 26, 2018.
Martha Jones will be speaking about her book at a panel discussion, next Wednesday, September 26th at the Maryland Historical Society.