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The spirits of America : a social history of alcohol

Author: Eric Burns
Publisher: Philadelphia, Pa. : Temple University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In The spirits of America, Burns relates that drinking was "the first national pastime, " and shows how it shaped American politics and culture from the earliest colonial days. He details the transformation of alcohol from virtue to vice and back again and how it was thought of as both scourge and medicine. He tells us how "the great American thirst" developed over the centuries, and how reform movements and laws  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Burns
ISBN: 1592132146 9781592132140 1592132693 9781592132690
OCLC Number: 652453144
Description: 336 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The spirits of the world --
The first national pastime --
The general and the doctor --
The father of Prohibition and other kinfolk --
The crusaders and their crusades --
The importance of being Frank --
Hatchetation --
The wheeler-dealer and his men --
The blues and how they played --
Executive softness --
The hummingbird beats the odds --
Strange bedfellows.
Responsibility: Eric Burns.

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Details the transformation of alcohol from virtue to vice and back again, how it was thought of as both scourge and medicine. This title tells us how the great American thirst developed over the  Read more...

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"If Big Shots is the literary equivalent of an umbrella drink, Eric Burns's social history is like a straight whisky....informative and lively. Of course, with characters like Carry Nation floating Read more...

 
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