© 2022 WFAE
90.7 Charlotte 93.7 Southern Pines 90.3 Hickory 106.1 Laurinburg
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Charlotte Talks

The History of Moonshine in North Carolina


The History of Moonshine in North Carolina North Carolina is known for many noble pursuits including staunch support of the revolution, the birth of flight, important moments in the civil rights battle and more. One of its more dubious distinctions however, is also one of the most enduring and misunderstood; the state's history with Moonshine. The "White Lightning" liquor has a long and storied history that is rich with myth and legend as well as being intertwined with the birth of NASCAR. We delve into the history of moonshine in our state and also look at a growing new embrace of legal forms of the beverage. Drink in a conversation about moonshine. Guests Melinda Herzog - Executive Director, Catawba County Historical Association Dr. Daniel Pierce - Professor and Chair, Dept. of History at UNC Asheville and Author, Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France Dr. Charlie Thompson - Professor, Duke University Center For Documentary Studies and Author, Spirits of Just Men: Mountaineers, Liquor Bosses, and Lawmen in Moonshine Capital of the World Add and read comments