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The Spirits of America

Author: Eric Burns; Overdrive Inc.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Temple University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : 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, 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 (some  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Burns; Overdrive Inc.
ISBN: 9781592137695 1592137695
OCLC Number: 1002098742
Description: 1 online resource
Details: Adobe PDF eBook; Kindle Book
Responsibility: Eric Burns.

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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, 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 (some of which, Burn s says, were "comic masterpieces of the legislator's art") sprang up to combat it. Burns brings back to life such vivid characters as Carrie Nation and other crusaders against drink. He informs us that, in the final analysis, Prohibition, the culmination of the reformers' quest, had as much to do with politics and economics and geography as it did with spirituous beverage. Filled with the famous, the infamous, and the undeservedly anonymous, The Spirits of America is a masterpiece of the historian's art. It will stand as a classic chronicle?witty, perceptive, and comprehensive?of how this country was created by and continues to be shaped by its everchanging relationship to the cocktail shaker and the keg.

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