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The distinctive beverage of the Western world, bourbon is Kentucky’s illustrious gift to the world of spirits. Although the story of American whiskey is recorded in countless lively pages of our nation’s history, the place of bourbon in the American cultural record has long awaited detailed and objective presentation. Not a recipe book or a barman’s guide, but a fascinating and informative contribution to Americana, The Social History of Bourbon reflects an aspect of our national cultural identity that many have long suppressed or overlooked. Gerald Carson explores the impact of the liquor’s presence during America’s early development, as well as bourbon’s role in some of the more dramatic events in American history, including the Whiskey Rebellion, the scandals of the Whiskey Ring, and the “whiskey forts” of the fur trade. The Social History of Bourbon is a revealing look at the role of this classic beverage in the development of American manners and culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. FOREWORD TO THE NEW EDITION
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. PREFACE
  2. pp. xix-xxi
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  1. 1. DRINKS AND DRINKING IN EARLY AMERICA
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 2. WATERMELON ARMIES AND WHISKEY BOYS
  2. pp. 11-23
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  1. 3. BOURBON’S COUNTRY COUSIN
  2. pp. 24-32
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  1. 4. THE FIRST TRUE BOURBON
  2. pp. 33-49
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  1. 5. A NAME WITH A MELODY ALL ITS OWN—KENTUCKY
  2. pp. 50-61
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  1. 6. THE DARK AGE OF AMERICAN DRINKING
  2. pp. 62-70
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  1. 7. WHISKEY IN THE CIVIL WAR
  2. pp. 71-80
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  1. 8. GOLDEN YEARS OF THE BOURBON ARISTOCRACY
  2. pp. 81-93
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  1. 9. DRINKING DOWN THE NATIONAL DEBT
  2. pp. 94-101
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  1. 10. MOONSHINE AND HONEYSUCKLE
  2. pp. 102-113
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  1. 11. THE GREAT WHISKEY STEAL [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 114-127
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  1. 12. THE HIGHWINE TRUST
  2. pp. 128-136
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  1. 13. WESTWARD THE JUG OF EMPIRE TOOK ITS WAY
  2. pp. 137-148
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  1. 14. A SOFA WITH EVERY CASE
  2. pp. 149-162
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  1. 15. BUT—WHAT IS WHISKEY?
  2. pp. 163-173
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  1. 16. WHISKEY FUN AND FOLKLORE
  2. pp. 174-186
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  1. 17. THE SWINGING DOOR
  2. pp. 187-206
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  1. 18. THE ZENITH OF MAN’S PLEASURE
  2. pp. 207-217
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  1. 19. BOURBON: FROM 1920 TO THE DAY BEFORE YESTERDAY
  2. pp. 218-229
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  1. CHRONOLOGY
  2. pp. 231-234
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  1. GLOSSARY
  2. pp. 235-238
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  1. CHAPTER NOTES
  2. pp. 239-269
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 271-280
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813126586
Related ISBN
9780813126562
MARC Record
OCLC
747946637
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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