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Moonshine: Making and selling illegal whiskey has always been a way of life in Appalachia.


This moonshine still, on loan from John Schiffli at the Highlands Historical Museum, was purchased at auction in Georgia. The photo shows John Schiffli and Jim "Red" Potts repairing the connecting worm--or rather Red repairing and John begging. Photo by Randolph Shaffner.

Moonshine Still in north Georgia, in 1929. Whiskey made from corn resisted spoilage, was easier to transport, and afforded mountaineers one of their few sources of income.