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Beaver Bailey the Four-Fingered, Moonshine-Making, Pot-Growing Kentuckian Is Living the True American Dream

Thanks to documentarian Mark Laita and his interview series 'Soft White Underbelly' we get an in-depth and unique look at what life is like for moonshiner Beaver Bailey.

Bailey lives in Harlan County, Kentucky in the Appalachian mountains. He's served stints in prison, been on the run from the law, and he lost his wife to cancer in 2011.

Bailey truly lives off the land. He kills animals such as deer, bears, and turkeys but only hunts to eat. "You sleep better at night", he said in reference to staying out of prison. Even though alcohol sales are prohibited in Harlan County, Bailey makes a living like generations before him, distilling Moonshine.

The father whose daughter was born in jail, says that he can live 2 to 3 years off the land and his garden alone. He's not without his disadvantages. Not only did Bailey not graduate 8th grade until he was 18, but his brother-in-law hacked off his pinky finger during a wood-chopping accident.

Growing marijuana, making moonshine, and not having a hospital within two hours, you could say that Beaver Bailey is living the true American dream.
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