By Stephen T. Moore
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Populist issues such as the monetization of silver, regulation of railroads, and attempts to break the stranglehold of monopoly found fertile soil in the region. It is perhaps no surprise that in 1892, the ﬁrst year in which the Populist Party was on the presidential ballot, it received 30 percent of the votes cast for president in the states of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. 65 Grievances centered on perceptions of marginalization sometimes took different forms north and south of the border. However, the fact that both Americans and British Columbians shared similar grievances provided an important point of commonality that transcended a national border.
Driving a load of aliens forty or ﬁfty miles was a lucrative business for the smuggler, who could get as much as twice the market value of his eight- cylinder automobile. It was, alternatively, a dangerous business for the Chinese. 74 Only four years after enacting an antiopium law in 1914, the American government began complaining of the traffic from Canada. 75 The drug was not particularly difficult to smuggle undetected. 76 One of the more macabre methods was to send opium across the border in coffins.
It was a club for the workingman, a place where one could renew acquaintances, make new ones, keep abreast of daily news — both of the local region and the outside world — and talk in a “democratic” way. The billiards, card tables, boxing matches, magic shows, and stage plays helped ameliorate the dreary existence to which many workers were subject. The saloon served, on occasion, as the community hall or center of charity. During a particularly harsh winter in 1894, the saloons of Spokane fed some ﬁve hundred unemployed wageworkers.
Bootleggers and borders : the paradox of prohibition on a Canada-U.S. borderland by Stephen T. Moore