Contraband: Smuggling and the Birth of the American Century by Andrew Wender Cohen

By Andrew Wender Cohen

How skirting the legislation as soon as outlined America’s relation to the world.

In the frigid wintry weather of 1875, Charles L. Lawrence made overseas headlines whilst he was once arrested for smuggling silk worthy $60 million into the us. An intimate of Boss Tweed, gloriously dubbed “The Prince of Smugglers,” and the pinnacle of a community spanning 4 continents and lasting part a decade, Lawrence scandalized a kingdom whose founders themselves had as soon as dabbled in contraband.

Since the Revolution itself, smuggling had verified the patriotism of the yank humans. Distrusting international items, Congress instituted excessive price lists on so much imports. conserving the state used to be the customized residence, which waged a “war on smuggling,” examining each visitor for illicitly imported silk, opium, tobacco, sugar, diamonds, and paintings. The Civil War’s blockade of the Confederacy heightened the obsession with contraband, yet smuggling entered its leading through the Gilded Age, while characters like murderer Louis Bieral, economist “The Parsee Merchant,” Congressman Ben Butler, and actress Rose Eytinge tempted shoppers with illicit overseas luxuries. in basic terms because the usa grew to become a world strength with international warfare I did smuggling lose its scurvy romance.

Meticulously researched, Contraband explores the background of smuggling to light up the wider heritage of the U.S., its energy, its politics, and its culture.

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