The Alcoholic Republic: An American Tradition
"Rorabaugh has written a well thought out and intriguing social history of America's great alcoholic binge that occurred between 1790 and 1830, what he terms 'a key formative period' in our history....A pioneering work that illuminates a part of our heritage that can no longer be neglected in future studies of America's social fabric.
A bold and frequently illuminating att...more
Rorabaugh has clearly found one of the main threads to American history, and it's one that we all laugh at or ignore so we missed. Apparently Americans drank more from 1790 to 1840 than they ever have before or since, and the author sets out to explain why. He does a pretty good job on such an ama ...more
"To market their surplus grain more profitably, western farmers turned to distilling. Whiskey could be shipped to eastern markets through New Orleans or overland. A man could make money sending his whiskey overland by pack animal because distillation so reduced the bulk of ...more
As luck would have it, late last year, I watched a History Channel program hosted by Mike Rowe of "Dirty Jobs" fame which dramatized much of the information in this book - "How Booze Built America". Like it or not, whiskey played a huge part in the opening of the west in the 1800's. Likewise, whil ...more
The Evangelical assault on alcohol has little credibility in the modern world, but even less so when you realize those beliefs were sparked by social, not religious, issues. T ...more
While I did find the book interesting and at times a little surprising, I thought the information could have been far better organized. The writing can also be a little dry (irony?).