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Prohibition! The Rebel Leaders

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Tori Ellise

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Monday, February 17, 1921
Tori E. Hanks
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German Immigrant, George Remus(1876-1952),put himself through medical school to become a pharmacist at 22. Then bought up some pharmacies to own. Remus shortly attended school again, in order to become a Lawyer in 1904. By 1916 Remus built himself an outstanding reputation as a criminal defendant. By the time Prohibition started, Remus's clients all came to him with huge sums of money and violations of going against the 18th amend.
Remus wanted some of that money, and created a strategic plan to get in on the wealthy smuggling ring. A.k.a
Next in 1920 Remus sold his law firm and moved from Chicago to Cinncinatti. Remus' background helped him take charge when he entered the bootlegging business. Using a loophole in federal laws, Remus, bought huge quantities of liquor to distribute to drug companies for legal sale for "medical uses". However, he intended his supply for mass distribution.At the peak of his multi-million-dollar bootlegging business, Remus owned 10 distilleries, employed 3,000 people and sold so much liquor that it was said, 1/3 bottle was produced from him.
Prohibition! The Rebel Leaders
National History Day Project 2015
History.com Staff. "Prohibition." History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 01 Feb. 2015.

Law.com Staff. "18th Amendment." 18th Amendment. Laws.com, n.d. Web. 08 Feb. 2015.

"Rum-running." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 08 Feb. 2015.

"U.S Is Voted Dry." The American Issue [Westerville] 19 Jan. 1919: n. pag. PBS.org. WETA, Washington, DC and The Prohibition Film Project,, 2011. Web. 18 Feb. 2015. <http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/prohibition/roots-of-prohibition/>. This clipping of a newspaper article was published online by PBS.org. However originally the paper has been around since 1919 in historical records. The Anti-Saloon League Museum is filled with memorabilia from the Prohibition era. This paper relates to my project, because the ratifying of the 18th amendment was the first step in creating displeasure and disorder in society. The article tells information about how people were influenced by the media. The event was called a, "Momentous Day in world's history". Things like that you didn't here very often, thus I can see how overwhelmed the public must've been to hear the news.
DN-0072629. 1920. Chicago History Museum, Chicago. Immigrantentreprenuership.com. By Chicago Daily News. Web. 18 Feb. 2015. <http://www.immigrantentrepreneurship.org/image.php?rec=229&entry=98>. The photograph is from 1920. The photo shows Remus standing in front of a car, dressed sharply in a suit and tie. Remus wasn't the big time Bootlegger just yet, but he was making serious plans. Not to mention, Remus was still featured in the news quite often because of public trials with his first wife due to marital problems. Remus's photograph provides important details about the basic appearance of Remus, prior to coming into power.

Mason, Walt. "Dr.Coue Drier and Drier." Appleton Post Crescent 12 Jan. 1923: n. pag. Print.
This political cartoon was published in a Wisconsin state newspaper. The author of this clever cartoon, was seemingly anti-prohibition. In this comic I see the real life ideas of those who lived during prohibition. The cartoon depicts heavy criticism of the new law, and reveals how little the law effects average people. Here, in the cartoon i see a stark line of disparity. The average Joe in the 20s would've definitely agreed with the cartoon because America was actually very anti-prohibition. This cartoon is a very effective way to show what life was like to not just fellow citizens, but bootleggers, and politicians a like.

New York Enquirer. George Remus after his release from prison. Digital image. Cincinnati.com. News.cincinnati.com, 1 Aug. 2011. Web. 18 Feb. 2015. <http://retro.cincinnati.com/Topics/George-Remus>.
The photo was taken on October 6, 1927. The photo is of George Remus- also called the 'Bootleg King'! Remus didn't get off scott free after years of smuggling. Remus was eventually caught and tried. After serving a couple of years, Remus is reunited with his wife and returns to his manion. This photo of George Remus getting out of a car was posted online. But originally the photo is from a collection provided by the Enquirer Archives. Remus's photo is a crucial part of research because it's a great primary source. As the photo shows, Remus was a very clean cut looking professional.
"George Remus," Immigrant Entrepreneurship, 2015, Immigrant Entrepreneurship. 18 Feb 2015 <http://www.immigrantentrepreneurship.org/entry.php?rec=98>
The article was a detailed essay and introduction of George Remus. George Remus was a German immigrant, and the website highlights all his historical achomplishments, as well as unique background. Using key information from the article i was able to better understand how George Remus aquired the repartation of "King of the Bootleggers". George Remus was a well known face during the prohibition era and long after. Remus being a German immigrant in America after WWI, made his perception unique.
Respected Lawyer Becomes King Bootlegger: Remus
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