The Alcoholic Republic: An American Tradition

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Oxford University Press, Sep 17, 1981 - History - 320 pages
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Rorabaugh has written a well thought out and intriguing social history of Americas great alcoholic binge that occurred between 1790 and 1830, what he terms a key formative period in our history....A pioneering work that illuminates a part of our heritage that can no longer be neglected in future studies of Americas social fabric. A bold and frequently illuminating attempt to investigate the relationship of a single social custom to the central features of our historical experience....A book which always asks interesting questions and provides many provocative answers.
 

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The United States has an ambivalent relationship with alcohol. It is a large segment of the economy as well as social life, but many religious groups condemn alcohol as a sin. W.J. Rorabaugh explores ... Read full review

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I was excited to read this book, and while it was true there were some very interesting parts, mostly it dragged on and I didn't find it half as entertaining as I had hoped. My classmates felt the same way as ewll. Read full review

Contents

A NATION OF DRUNKARDS
3
A GOOD CREATURE
23
THE SPIRITS OF INDEPENDENCE
59
WHISKEY FEED
93
THE ANXIETIES OF THEIR CONDITION
123
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
147
DEMON RUM
185
ESTIMATING CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL
225
CROSSNATIONAL COMPARISONS OF CONSUMPTION
237
COOK BOOKS
240
REVIEW OF DRINKING MOTIVATION LITERATURE
241
QUANTITATIVE MEASUREMENTS
247
Index
295
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