The Social History of Bourbon

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University Press of Kentucky, Aug 31, 2010 - History - 280 pages
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The distinctive beverage of the Western world, bourbon is Kentucky's illustrious gift to the world of spirits. Although the story of American whiskey is recorded in countless lively pages of our nation's history, the place of bourbon in the American cultural record has long awaited detailed and objective presentation. Not a recipe book or a barman's guide, but a fascinating and informative contribution to Americana, The Social History of Bourbon reflects an aspect of our national cultural identity that many have long suppressed or overlooked. Gerald Carson explores the impact of the liquor's presence during America's early development, as well as bourbon's role in some of the more dramatic events in American history, including the Whiskey Rebellion, the scandals of the Whiskey Ring, and the "whiskey forts" of the fur trade. The Social History of Bourbon is a revealing look at the role of this classic beverage in the development of American manners and culture.

  

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Contents

1 Drinks and Drinking in Early America
1
2 Watermelon Armies and Whiskey Boys
11
3 Bourbons Country Cousin
24
4 The First True Bourbon
33
5 A Name with a Melody All Its OwnKentucky
50
6 The Dark Age of American Drinking
62
7 Whiskey in the Civil War
71
8 Golden Years of the Bourbon Aristocracy
81
13 Westward the Jug of Empire Took Its Way
137
14 A Sofa with Every Case
149
15 ButWhat Is Whiskey?
163
16 Whiskey Fun and Folklore
174
17 The Swinging Door
187
18 The Zenith of Mans Pleasure
207
From 1920 to the Day Before Yesterday
218
Chronology
231

9 Drinking Down the National Debt
94
10 Moonshine and Honeysuckle
102
11 The Great Whiskey Steal
114
Photo insert
120
12 The Highwine Trust
128
Glossary
235
Chapter Notes
239
Index
271
Back cover
281
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Gerald Carson (1899 -- 1989) was the author of several books of social history.

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