Drink: A Social History of America

By Andrew Barr

During this sensible cultural historical past of drink in the USA, Andrew Barr considers the importance of alcohol, traditionally and socially, symbolic and genuine, within the evolution of a country born of a insurgent spirit and intoxicated through liberty - and occasionally by means of 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 historic view, positioned it to extra insidious use; in suppressing local American populations within the country's enlargement 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 ascertain what, the place, and why we elect to drink but additionally the social ills which were attributed to alcohol, from the meant decline in nationwide values to the dipsomaniacal nation of our nationwide well-being. Barr argues, in spite of the fact that, that the scapegoating of alcohol via ethical alarmists, the clinical institution, and platform politicians has extra frequently produced doubtful therapies and ethical hypocrisy than it has complete social reliable.

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