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Kimber Fountain is a libertarian author, historian, and speaker based in Galveston, Texas. She has been a member of the Libertarian Party since 2012. Kimber holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and Dance from the University of Texas at Austin (2000) and has served as the feature writer and editor-in-chief of Galveston Monthly magazine since 2015. She has produced three long-form history books from Arcadia Publishing ~ The History Press: Galveston Seawall Chronicles (2017), Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of The Line (2018), and The Maceos and The Free State of Galveston, An Authorized History (2020). All three of her works are written to portray unequivocally libertatian views on Personal Liberty, Prohibition, Sex Work, Victimless Crime, and Lassiez Faire Capitalism.
- Galveston Seawall Chronicles (2017)This engaging glimpse into 20th Century Americana, as seen from the perspective of a Gulf Coast resort town that effortlessly kept pace with society as its tastes and trends evolved, begins with one of the most monumental feats of civil engineering ever accomplished in the history of the United States. Between 1902 and 1911, the City of Galveston built a 17-foot-high, 10-mile long seawall for protection from hurricanes. It was followed by the grade-raising, a colossal effort that elevated the entire southern half of the city by 13 feet. The entire project was funded by the citizens of Galveston and Galveston County, without a dime of federal or state assistance.
- Galveston's Red Light District: A History of The Line (2018) From the late 1880s until 1957, Galveston was home to a famous red light district known as "The Line." Employing as many as one-thousand girls at a time, the district was estimated to represent nearly 2% of the city's entire economy which included an international port of commerce. Far more than merely rebels or a blight on society, the women who worked in Galveston's district were seeking only one thing--freedom--during a time in which employment opportunities were severely limited for women. The book also examines the paradoxical truth discovered by many European countries and proven in Galveston when the red light district was allowed to operate--tolerance of prostitution and sex workers leads to a significant reduction in sex trafficking, violence against sex workers, rape, and other sexual assault.
- The Maceos and The Free State of Galveston, An Authorized History (2020) Two brothers from Sicily named Salvatore (Sam) and Rosario (Rose) Maceo built an internationally famed entertainment empire that lasted nearly 40 years, at the basis of which was a city population and state and local law enforcement who collectively decided to defy arbitrary state and federal laws, building their economy on illegal gaming, illegal liquor during prohibition, and illegal liquor-by-the-drink (per Texas statute) after prohibition was lifted. Combined with Galveston's thriving red-light district which operated purely on a de facto basis, the City of Galveston became known as The Free State of Galveston. Incorrectly labeled by history as mafia and gangsters, Sam and Rose Maceo believed in the libertarian principles that shaped their native country, but were also unwilling to resort to the extreme violence and extortion of their more malicious counterparts, the Sicilian and American Mafia. Using only their intellect, shrewd business sense, princely diplomacy, and a live-and-let-live economic policy, the Maceos established an era of prosperity that buoyed Galveston through the Great Depression and World War II.