Drink: A Social History of America

By Andrew Barr

During this intelligent cultural background of drink in the United States, Andrew Barr considers the importance of alcohol, traditionally and socially, symbolic and genuine, within the evolution of a kingdom born of a insurgent spirit and intoxicated via liberty - and occasionally through rum or uncooked whiskey, which the colonists most well liked to their royally taxed British tea. whereas american citizens have either asserted and celebrated their freedoms with alcohol they've got additionally, in Barr's perceptive ancient view, positioned it to extra insidious use; in suppressing local American populations within the country's growth west, for example, or in controlling acculturation of immigrants. mixing his candidly opinionated tackle background with a full of life little bit of cultural anthropology, Barr examines not just the social affects that be certain what, the place, and why we decide to drink but additionally the social ills which were attributed to alcohol, from the meant decline in nationwide values to the dipsomaniacal kingdom of our nationwide future health. Barr argues, notwithstanding, that the scapegoating of alcohol via ethical alarmists, the scientific institution, and platform politicians has extra frequently produced doubtful remedies and ethical hypocrisy than it has finished social reliable.

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