10:30 am - 11:30 am
On Thanksgiving Day, 1925, Roy Olmstead was trapped by federal Prohibition agents and their Tommy guns on a lonely Puget Sound dock. His reign as the Northwest’s most prolific bootlegger had ended. But big questions—political, cultural, and legal—remained. Why did Olmstead, the youngest lieutenant in Seattle Police Department history, form a secret gang to take over Prohibition bootlegging in the Northwest? What can we learn today from “The Good Bootlegger’s” story of whiskey-driven politics, culture wars, criminalization of popular social behavior, illegal surveillance, spies, sensational trials, and Constitution-bending trips to the Supreme Court?
Noted attorney and indie screenwriter Steve Edmiston explores these questions on November 13.
Edmiston is speaking courtesy of Humanities Washington.
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