Guy Graybill, author of "Prohibition's Prince" discusses Prohibition in Pennsylvania on WVIA (PBS)

Sunbury Press author Guy Graybill discussed Prince Farrington and Prohibition, the subjects of his best-selling book "Prohibition's Prince" and soon-to-be-released follow-up "Prince and the Paupers", on WVIA's program "State of Pennsylvania".
By: Tammi Knorr
"Prohibition's Prince" by Guy Graybill
"Prohibition's Prince" by Guy Graybill
Oct. 2, 2011 - PRLog -- Camp Hill, PA - Sunbury Press author Guy Graybill discussed Prince Farrington and Prohibition, the subjects of his best-selling book "Prohibition's Prince" and soon-to-be-released follow-up "Prince and the Paupers", on WVIA's program "State of Pennsylvania" which aired at 7 PM on Thursday September 29th, 2011, in front of a live audience at the PBS affiliate's studio in Pittston, PA.

WVIA's producer Kathryn Davies requested Graybill in order to provide a local angle and lead-in prior to PBS's national debut of the Ken Burns three-part documentary "Prohibition". Original Broadcat Date: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2011

For 3 consecutive nights, beginning on Sunday, October 2 at 8 p.m., PBS will air one of the most compelling documentaries ever created about an embarrassing 13-year era of U.S. history. "Prohibition," by award winning film maker Ken Burns, chronicles the crime, loose morality and violence that erupted from an unenforceable law that escalated alcohol's status and made heroes out of the thugs who illegally supplied it.

Joining Erica Shames to talk about this era of history and the role of northeast Pennsylvania is Guy Graybill, author of "Prohibition's Prince", which tells the tale of Prince David Parrington, one of America's most prolific moonshiners and bootleggers.

In northeast Pennsylvania, Prince David Farrington became a notorious character. His bootlegging operations impacted thousands and made a legend of the man and the stills he left standing.

About "Prohibition" (from PBS web site)
Prohibition is a three-part, five-and-a-half-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed. The culmination of nearly a century of activism, Prohibition was intended to improve, even to ennoble, the lives of all Americans, to protect individuals, families, and society at large from the devastating effects of alcohol abuse. But the enshrining of a faith-driven moral code in the Constitution paradoxically caused millions of Americans to rethink their definition of morality. Thugs became celebrities, responsible authority was rendered impotent. Social mores in place for a century were obliterated. Especially among the young, and most especially among young women, liquor consumption rocketed, propelling the rest of the culture with it: skirts shortened. Music heated up. America’s Sweetheart morphed into The Vamp. Prohibition turned law-abiding citizens into criminals, made a mockery of the justice system, caused illicit drinking to seem glamorous and fun, encouraged neighborhood gangs to become national crime syndicates, permitted government officials to bend and sometimes even break the law, and fostered cynicism and hypocrisy that corroded the social contract all across the country. With Prohibition in place, but ineffectively enforced, one observer noted, America had hardly freed itself from the scourge of alcohol abuse – instead, the “drys” had their law, while the “wets” had their liquor. The story of Prohibition’s rise and fall is a compelling saga that goes far beyond the oft-told tales of gangsters, rum runners, flappers, and speakeasies, to reveal a complicated and divided nation in the throes of momentous transformation. The film raises vital questions that are as relevant today as they were 100 years ago – about means and ends, individual rights and responsibilities, the proper role of government.

About "Prohibition's Prince: The Bizarre Life of America's Millionaire Moonshiner":
Author and historian Guy Graybill presents the entertaining tale of one of America's most prolific moonshiners and bootleggers, Prince David Farrington, who plied his trade through the early to mid 20th century. Graybill follows Farrington from his roots in Guilford County, North Carolina to Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, detailing the decades of illicit activity along the way. Farrington amassed a large fortune. His exploits remain legendary to this day. Relive the rollicking life of Prohibition's Prince, as Graybill presents numerous tales, legends, testimonials, news accounts, and still locations. This volume includes 44 pages of vintage photographs and is indexed.

List Price: $19.95
8" x 10" (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
Black & White on White paper
284 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1934597200
ISBN-10: 1934597201
BISAC: History / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic

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