With the growing popularity of borderlands history, scholars have devoted considerable attention to the areas adjacent to the U.S.–Mexico boundary. Yet the other North American border—the line separating Canada and the United States—has been neglected. Moore has begun to redress the balance.

Focusing on the Pacific Northwest, Moore examines the impact of Prohibition on the two countries. Canadian provinces began to abandon Prohibition in 1919, the same year in which the United States amended the Constitution to adopt national Prohibition. Americans flooded northward to drink, and bootleggers (mostly Americans) began smuggling alcohol southward across the border. Both the Canadian government and the public saw no reason to stop selling liquor to Americans. In fact, the Canadian government profited from the smuggling, collecting a duty of $20.00 per case of alcohol headed for the United States.

It was impossible to stop the smugglers. Ottawa was reluctant to help Washington enforce its...

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