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Episode II - Rumrunning

Episode II - Rumrunning

In this episode, we discuss the role of Miami during Prohibition, when it was known as the "leakiest spot in the nation". Throughout this interesting period in American history, rum-runners piloted speedboats between South Florida and the Bahamas, ferrying whiskey and rum back to a thirsty population. They engaged in an increasingly dangerous and eventually deadly arms race with the Coast Guard but succeeded in winning a degree of public sympathy. Their battles would herald the rise of organized crime and set the stage for later smugglers of drugs and people. Please visit our website for additional information and notes on sources.