Posts Tagged ‘“Spirits of Just Men” Book’

Listen: Big Shed/CDS Audio Documentary “The Great Moonshine Conspiracy”

Listen: Big Shed/CDS Audio Documentary "The Great Moonshine Conspiracy"

In his 2011 book Spirits of Just Men: Mountaineers, Liquor Bosses, and Lawmen in the Moonshine Capital of the World (University of Illinois Press), Charlie Thompson chronicles Virginia’s Great Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935, which made national news and exposed the far-reaching and pervasive tendrils of Appalachia’s local moonshine economy. The folks at the audio and […]


Undergrad Director Charlie Thompson on Moonshine, Mountaineers, and Motorcycles at the Virginia Festival of the Book, March 23

Undergrad Director Charlie Thompson on Moonshine, Mountaineers, and Motorcycles at the Virginia Festival of the Book, March 23

Charlie Thompson, director of the undergraduate program at CDS, will be on a panel, “Moonshine, Mountaineers, and Motorcycles: On the Crooked Road Then and Now,” at the Virginia Festival of the Book with essayist Michael Abraham, author of  Harmonic Highways: Motorcycling Virginia’s Crooked Road; and Paddy Bowman, author of Through the Schoolhouse Door: Folklore, Community, Curriculum. Thompson will discuss his book […]


“Whiskey and Geography”: “Spirits of Just Men” Excerpts Featured on Southern Spaces

"Whiskey and Geography": "Spirits of Just Men" Excerpts Featured on Southern Spaces

The online journal Southern Spaces, produced at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, recently published two excerpts from Charles Thompson’s new book, Spirits of Just Men: Mountaineers, Liquor Bosses, and Lawmen in the Moonshine Capital of the World. The first excerpt, a video produced by Marissa Katarina Bergmann, offers glimpses of modern-day Shooting Creek juxtaposed with […]


Charlie Thompson on “Spirits of Just Men”

Charlie Thompson on "Spirits of Just Men"

Charlie Thompson, director of the undergraduate program at CDS, holds the faculty position of Lecturer in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Religion. His latest book, Spirits of Just Men: Mountaineers, Liquor Bosses, and Lawmen in the Moonshine Capital of the World (University of Illinois […]


“Spirits of Just Men” by Charles D. Thompson Jr.

"Spirits of Just Men" by Charles D. Thompson Jr.

Spirits of Just Men tells the story of moonshine in 1930s America, as seen through the remarkable location of Franklin County, Virginia, a place that many still refer to as the “moonshine capital of the world.” Charles D. Thompson Jr., curriculum and education director at the Center for Documentary Studies and a lecturer in cultural […]