Run the Rum In: South Florida During Prohibition

Run the Rum In
by Sally J. Ling

Discover the tricks of the trade: smuggling the liquor and evading the law. Learn of the dealings of Al Capone, the “Real McCoy,” Spanish Marie and Grace Lythgoe, the “Bahama Queen.”

In this history of prohibition in South Florida, author Sally J. Ling explores the impact on bootleggers and moonshiners on Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, presenting tales of rumrunning and lawbreaking as told through personal and written accounts.

“Regarded purely on the surface, the story of the ‘Whisky Running Industry’ is simply a first-class boy’s shocker. We are back again in the days of the buccaneers. Smugglers and pirates, grim tragedy and broad farce, craft knavery and audacity that sticks at nothing, secret islands and gold beyond the dreams of avarice: even romance in the person of the beautiful brunette, Miss Grace Lythgoe, a young lady of ‘striking personality and refined tastes,’ known to her associates as ‘Cleopatra, the Queen of the Bootleggers,’—they are all here.”   The London Daily News, 1921











3 Responses to Run the Rum In: South Florida During Prohibition

  1. Gene Schmidt says:

    I just ordered your book and I’m looking forward to reading it. I grew up in West Palm Beach but lived in Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay for a bit. My family had grocery stores in a lot of the little towns in the Glades.

    My aunt is the daughter of one of the Ashley Gang members and has interesting stories about that time in Florida history.

    Thank you for writing this history.


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