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Bettie Simms, The Queen of the Moonshiners

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In the early 1900’s a young mother in Polk County, North Carolina, had a decision to make.  She had separated from her abusive husband and had several young children to feed, house and clothe, with very few job prospects.  So she started her own business…moonshining.  Bettie Simms was good at that chosen profession but, as so often happens, she had a run-in with the law.

Today we tell the story of the woman the press dubbed “The Queen of the Moonshiners,” another one of the Stories of Appalachia!

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