Contraband smuggling and the birth of the american century andrew wender cohen on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers how skirting the law once defined americas relation to the world in the frigid winter of 1875. Contraband smuggling and the birth of the american century andrew the civil wars blockade of the confederacy heightened the obsession with contraband but smuggling entered its prime during the gilded age when characters like assassin louis bieral economist the parsee merchant congressman ben butler and actress rose eytinge . Andrew wender cohen is a scruggs scholar and associate professor of history at syracuse universitys maxwell school of citizenship and public affairs his latest book is contraband smuggling and the birth of the american century ww norton company 2015 he is also the author of the racket. An interesting read focused around the history of contraband goods and smuggling in nineteenth century america overall i enjoyed this book cohen writes in an engaging style about an interesting series of topics of american history however while well written in an engaging style the book does suffer from something of an identity crisis. Contraband smuggling and the birth of the american century author andrew wender cohen publisher new york ww norton company 2015 402p reviewer christopher p magra march 2017 current concern over who and what legally enters the united states has stimulated a lot of interest in the history of smuggling
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