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Drinking in America : a history

Author: Mark Edward Lender; James Kirby Martin
Publisher: New York : Free Press ; London : Macmillan, [1982] ©1982
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lender, Mark Edward, 1947-
Drinking in America.
New York : Free Press ; London : Macmillan, ©1982
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Edward Lender; James Kirby Martin
ISBN: 0029185300 9780029185308
OCLC Number: 8494031
Description: xv, 222 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface --
List of illustrations --
ch. 1. The "good creature of God" : drinking in early America --
Plymouth, 1621 --
Bad beer and "hot waters" : the first American beverages --
"Wo to drunkards" : early use and abuse --
The exceptions : Indians and Blacks --
The rise of "the demon" : early distilling --
The end of an era --
ch. 2. Metamorphosis : from "good creature" to "demon rum," 1790-1860 --
Portland, Maine, 1851 --
Strong drink, strong drinkers --
Immigration and antebellum drinking --
The antiliquor response : the origins of the temperance movement --
"Pure water" : temperance becomes total abstinence --
Redeeming the lost : revivalists and Republicans --
Dry debacle --
ch. 3. Search for consensus : drinking and the war against pluralism, 1860-1920 --
Hillsboro, Ohio, 1873 --
Drinkers and reformers : the origins of postbellum temperance --
The new society, booze, and social disorder --
The dry offensive : the 1870s and 1880s --
Helping the fallen --
The Keeley cure --
Consensus : The Anti-saloon League and the end of pluralism --
"To the heights of Mount Sinai." ch. 4. Drier and drier, and wetter and wetter : drinking and the pluralist renaissance --
The White House, 1933 --
Drinking in the sober republic : did prohibition prohibit? --
Not quite dry : neorepublicans in a changing America --
"Their best endeavors" : enforcing the Volstead Act --
From reform to reaction : the sober republic at bay --
Return of "the demon" --
Epilogue : the age of ambivalence --
The decline of temperance --
The return of "the traffic" --
Drinking in modern America --
The posttemperance response --
An age of ambivalence? --
Appendix : Apparent consumption of alcoholic beverages and absolute alcohol in each class of beverage, in U.S. gallons per capita of the drinking-age population, U.S.A. 1790-1978 --
Sources --
Responsibility: by Mark Edward Lender, James Kirby Martin.


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