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Bob Batchelor is a historian and biographer, specializing in topics focused on American history and culture. His forthcoming book is The Bourbon King: The Life and Crimes of George Remus, Prohibition's Evil Genius (Diversion Books, September 10, 2019)

The Bourbon King tells the spectacular story of George Remus, who cracked the Prohibition system, turned it on its ear, became one of the world's richest criminal masterminds, and is considered an inspiration for The Great Gatsby. Remus later murdered his wife in cold blood, leading to the biggest show trial of the 1920s. The Bourbon King will be published by Diversion Books for the 100th anniversary of the Volstead Act in 2019, which provided for the enforcement of the Eighteenth Amendment. ...more

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Bob Batchelor I have many projects ongoing, both editing and writing. On the editing front, I am the Editor of the Popular Culture Studies Journal (…moreI have many projects ongoing, both editing and writing. On the editing front, I am the Editor of the Popular Culture Studies Journal (http://mpcaaca.org/the-popular-cultur...), the official journal of the Midwest Popular Culture Association. My awesome team is putting Volume 2 together, which promises to be a true double-issue, about 350+ pages.

Norma Jones and I are editing a new collection of essays examining the aging hero in popular culture, which will be published by Rowman & Littlefield. The book consists of 15-20 essays that look at how the notion of who or what can be a hero has changed over the last decade or so.

In terms of writing, I am working on books about John Updike and the Rabbit Angstrom series and an analysis of Mad Men.(less)
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100 Years Ago: Prohibition Becomes Law with Volstead Act

The Hamilton Daily News Announces Passage of “Dry Bill”





The Hamilton Daily News Announces Passage of “Dry Bill”













On October 28, 1919, the Senate voted to override the veto of President Woodrow Wilson. The United States would become a dry nation after ratification of the law in January 1920. The Volstead Act, enacted into law on October 28, 1919, defined the parameters of the Eighteenth Amendment. By passing the Volstead Act, Congress formally p...

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“I personaggi dei fumetti raccolgono le tendenze inconsapevoli del tempo, diventando i portavoce di tali tendenze. Proprio perché le persone riescono a identificarsi così pienamente in loro, i personaggi dvengono parte del mito. I personaggi di Stan Lee hanno fatto tutto ciò negli anni Sessanta. Lui si è riallacciato ai sentimenti contro l'ordine costituito, all'alienazione e all'autosvalutazione... Stan ha usato personaggi con l'alito cattivo e l'acne, più punk, più giovani, in un momento in cui i giovani avevano bisogno di simboli che prendessero il posto di molte delle cose che respingevano."
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