The Social History of Bourbon

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University Press of Kentucky, Oct 1, 2010 - History - 320 pages

A high-spirited history of the role bourbon has played in American life and culture, “documented and full of folklore” (Kirkus Reviews).
 
The distinctive beverage of the Western world, bourbon is Kentucky’s illustrious gift to the nation. While much has been written about whiskey, the particular place of bourbon in the American cultural record has long awaited detailed and objective presentation. A fascinating and informative contribution to Americana, The Social History of Bourbon reflects an aspect of our national cultural identity that has been widely 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. From moonshiners to the Civil War to Old West saloons and the privations of Prohibition, The Social History of Bourbon is a revealing look at the role of this classic beverage in the development of American manners and culture.
 
“Goes into the families and personalities of bourbon’s early history and does so with humor . . . a great cause to raise a glass.” ―Rowley’s Whiskey Forge

 

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Contents

FOREWORD TO THE NEW EDITION
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
PREFACE
DRINKS AND DRINKING IN EARLY AMERICA
WATERMELON ARMIES AND WHISKEY BOYS
BOURBONS COUNTRY COUSIN
THE FIRST TRUE BOURBON
A NAME WITH A MELODY ALL ITS OWNKENTUCKY
DRINKING DOWN THE NATIONAL DEBT
MOONSHINE AND HONEYSUCKLE
THE GREAT WHISKEY STEAL
THE HIGHWINE TRUST
WESTWARD THE JUG OF EMPIRE TOOK ITS
A SOFA WITH EVERY CASE
BUTWHAT IS WHISKEY?
WHISKEY FUN AND FOLKLORE

THE DARK AGE OF AMERICAN DRINKING
WHISKEY IN THE CIVIL
GOLDEN YEARS OF THE BOURBON ARISTOCRACY
THE SWINGING DOOR
THE ZENITH OF MANS PLEASURE
FROM 1920 TO THE DAY BEFORE YESTERDAY

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Gerald Carson (1899 -- 1989) was the author of several books of social history.

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