September 30, 2022
1 LaGrange Street
Newnan, GA 30263
Lunch and Learn: Kathryn Smith
Friday, September 30, 2022
Join the Newnan Carnegie Library and the Newnan Carnegie Library Foundation for another exciting free lunchtime program. Bring a lunch with you, and learn about the exciting world of the United States during the era of Prohibition and how the South fought against it.
We live in the Bible Belt, and as a result the South became “dry” before the rest of the country embraced Prohibition in 1920. In fact, a Newnan native, Congressman W.D. Upshaw, styled himself “the driest of the dry” and was the Prohibition Party candidate for president in 1932! However, thanks to rumrunners and moonshiners, illegal purveyors of alcohol kept not only the South wet but many other parts of the country as well. Learn about the ramifications of the “noble experiment” in the South, from visits with crime boss Al Capone to stock car racing, when Kathryn Smith speaks about her fascinating new book, Baptists and Bootleggers: A Prohibition Expedition Through the South...With Cocktail Recipes.
Award-winning biographer Kathryn Smith speaks widely on her various books about such historical figures as Missy LeHand (FDR’s assistant) and Gertrude Legendre, the American socialite who worked for the country’s spy agency during World War II. She and her husband reside in Anderson, South Carolina.
The doors open at 11:30am and the program begins promptly at 12:00pm.