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Run For the BorderVice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings$
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Steven W. Bender

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814789520

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814789520.001.0001

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(p.91) 7 Rum-Running for the Border

(p.91) 7 Rum-Running for the Border

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(p.91) 7 Rum-Running for the Border
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Run For the Border
Author(s):

Steven W. Bender

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814789520.003.0008

This chapter serves as a prelude to discussions of today’s economic motivations for northbound border crossings involving the delivery of illicit drugs and cheap labor to feed U.S. addictions to both. In similar fashion, Prohibition-era rumrunners funneled liquor across the U.S.-Mexico border to U.S. destinations, earning enormous profits and demonstrating the futility of supply-side enforcement against economically motivated crossings. Only the legalization of alcohol in the U.S. stymied liquor trafficking from Mexico into the United States.

Keywords:   U.S.-Mexico Border, Prohibition, alcohol, rumrunners

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