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The war on alcohol : Prohibition and the rise of the American state

Author: Lisa McGirr
Publisher: New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015] ©2016
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Prohibition has long been portrayed as a 'noble experiment' that failed, a newsreel story of glamorous gangsters, flappers, and speakeasies. Now at last Lisa McGirr dismantles this cherished myth to reveal a much more significant history. Prohibition was the seedbed for a pivotal expansion of the federal government, the genesis of our contemporary penal state. Her deeply researched, eye-opening account uncovers  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
McGirr, Lisa, 1962-
War on alcohol.
(DLC) 2015028038
(OCoLC)902661500
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa McGirr
ISBN: 9780393248791 0393248798
OCLC Number: 930709215
Description: 1 online resource (xxii, 330 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents: List of illustrations --
Preface --
The making of a radical reform --
Bootleg, moonshine, and home brew --
Selective enforcement --
Gestures of daring, signs of revolt --
Citizen warriors --
New political loyalties --
Building the penal state --
Repeal --
Acknowledgments --
Abbreviations used in notes --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Lisa McGirr.

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A ground-breaking history of Prohibition and a new creation story for the powerful American state.  Read more...

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