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1 GRANT, B.J Fit to Print : New Brunswick's Papers: 150 Years of the Comic, the Sad, theOdd, and the Forgotten. First Edition.
Goose Lane, Fredericton, 1987, ISBN:0864920733 
GRANT, B.J. Fit to Print. [Cover adds: "New Brunswick's Papers: 150 Years of the Comic, the Sad, the Odd, and the Forgotten."] Fredericton, NB: Goose Lane, (1987). First Printing. Pp. (4),[v]-vi,[7]-259,(1). 8vo,blue card covers with white spine, red lettering to front, black lettering to spine. Reproduction of newspaper mastheads on front. . Selections from provincial newspapers illustrating New Brunswick social history in the 19th and 20th centuries. "History with a difference! Fit to Print is history written by people who were actually there, who learned at first hand of the scandals and barbaric cruelties and inceidents of mirth and misery. Often the story is told by witnesses, or by victims of the great fires, near famines, and outbreaks of disease which ravaged the daily lives of our forefathers. Fit to Print peeks behind the curtains of past events, giving quick glimpses of the real lives of real people. It gathers information that seems to find no placein conventional histories. No other history tells us that in 1812 Elizabet h (Beard) Hopkins had six sons in the famous 104th Regiment, or that in 1848 it was illegal to be a carpet or a mat in Fredericton, except a doormat, and only before 8 a.m., or that in 1871 a Calais baseball team defeated St.Stephen 80 to 63 (which no one found remarkable), or that in 1910 Auguste Belliveau of Moncton set a record when he was arrested for bootlegging thirteen times in one day. But there also many entries which warn us against believing in 'the good old days' of the past. Racism, sexism, religious bigotry flourished. There were black slaves in New Brunswick; many women lived harsh and vulnerable lives; battles btween Catholic and protestants brought deaths and maimings. The Klu Klux Klan was active in the province.. Justicewas often rough and punishments savage, with very young children sent to p rison. And corruption thrived in politics." - from rear cover. Very good. 15.00

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2 GRANT, B.J. When Rum Was King : The Story of the Prohibition Era in New Brunswick
Goose Lane, 1984, ISBN:0864920466 
GRANT, B.J. When Rum Was King. [Cover adds : The Story of the Prohibition Era in New Brunswick]. (Fredericton) : Goose Lane, (1984). First Printing.Pp(2),iii,(3),3-244,(6). 8vo, printed orange card covers, white spine, black lettering to front cover and spine. "Its geography was ideal and the rum l ords made New Brunswick the smugglers' capital of North America. When the liquor tankers known as Rum Row disappeared, big-timers ran into Shediac, Buctouche, and Bay Chaleur more liquor than in all other provinces combined -- and almost as much ran out again to quench a thirsty America. One body ofoutmoded Federal law controlled the making, teh carrying, and the sale of liquor in Canada; and here, as elsewhere, another body of useless law triedto control its use. On Ottawa's side were Customs Officers, awkwardly mana ged and sometimes corrupt, while in Fredericton was a corps of Liquor Inspectors so incompetent that law-breakers laughed. And soon the Provincial Police force collapsed in disrepute. When the booze-laden cars roared through the night, there was almost nothing to stop them. The world seemed to pausefor great alliances to once again take to the battlefield. The young drank bath-tub gin and danced to jazz. The old tut-tutted and wondered, 'What's it all coming to?' Preachers declaimed against the evils of drink as society ignored the wrtechedness which encouraged it. Crime flourished and Prohibition gang-wars became public entertainment. In New Brunswick men who neverdrank now made the stuff, hauled it, sold it, and set before their familie s a decent meal. As one poor fisherman put it: 'This sure beats haulin' sardines...' 'When Rum Was King' chronicles this period in all its richness --the characterse, the intrigue, the political pay-offs. This was a time whe n the Premier of New Brunswick was part-owner of a run-running ship and a United Church minister became boss of the province's liquor stores. Here forthe first time are listed the places and events which made the Prohibition era one of the most colourful, and the most unsavoury, in New Brunswick's entire history. And here, too, are listed the names of officers and men in the mighty army of King Rum." - from rear. Rubbed, else vg. 17.00

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3 GRANT, B.J. When Rum Was King : The Story of the Prohibition Era in New Brunswick. Paperback, signed.
Goose Lane, Fredericton, 1984, ISBN:0864920466 
GRANT, B.J. When Rum Was King. [Cover adds : The Story of the Prohibition Era in New Brunswick]. (Fredericton) : Goose Lane, (1984). First Printing.Pp(2),iii,(3),3-244,(6). 8vo, printed orange card covers, white spine, black lettering to front cover and spine. "Its geography was ideal and the rum l ords made New Brunswick the smugglers' capital of North America. When the liquor tankers known as Rum Row disappeared, big-timers ran into Shediac, Buctouche, and Bay Chaleur more liquor than in all other provinces combined -- and almost as much ran out again to quench a thirsty America. One body ofoutmoded Federal law controlled the making, teh carrying, and the sale of liquor in Canada; and here, as elsewhere, another body of useless law triedto control its use. On Ottawa's side were Customs Officers, awkwardly mana ged and sometimes corrupt, while in Fredericton was a corps of Liquor Inspectors so incompetent that law-breakers laughed. And soon the Provincial Police force collapsed in disrepute. When the booze-laden cars roared through the night, there was almost nothing to stop them. The world seemed to pausefor great alliances to once again take to the battlefield. The young drank bath-tub gin and danced to jazz. The old tut-tutted and wondered, 'What's it all coming to?' Preachers declaimed against the evils of drink as society ignored the wrtechedness which encouraged it. Crime flourished and Prohibition gang-wars became public entertainment. In New Brunswick men who neverdrank now made the stuff, hauled it, sold it, and set before their familie s a decent meal. As one poor fisherman put it: 'This sure beats haulin' sardines...' 'When Rum Was King' chronicles this period in all its richness --the characterse, the intrigue, the political pay-offs. This was a time whe n the Premier of New Brunswick was part-owner of a run-running ship and a United Church minister became boss of the province's liquor stores. Here forthe first time are listed the places and events which made the Prohibition era one of the most colourful, and the most unsavoury, in New Brunswick's entire history. And here, too, are listed the names of officers and men in the mighty army of King Rum." - from rear. Light shelfwear, else very good.Signed and inscribed by Grant on the first page. 25.00

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