The Saloon: Public Drinking in Chicago and Boston, 1880-1920

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University of Illinois Press, 1999 - Business & Economics - 380 pages
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Presents evidence that the saloon, played an important role in the working-class community life. Focusing on public drinking in Chicago and Boston, this book offers a discussion of the saloon, as a social institution and a locus of the struggle between middle-class notions of privacy and working-class uses of public space.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
From Entrepreneur to Employee
15
The Saloon as a Small Business The Function of Failure
46
The Saloon and the Public Neighborhood
86
Public Politics and the Saloon
114
The Public Melting Pot
143
The Saloon in a City of Strangers
172
The Triumph of Moral Geography
204
Saloon Crime From WideOpen to Underground Vice
230
The Long Slow Death of the Saloon
274
Comments on Primary Sources
305
Notes
307
Index
363
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About the author (1999)

Perry R. Duis is professor of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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