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The Social History of Bourbon - Gerald Carson

The Social History of Bourbon

By: Gerald Carson, Mike Veach (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 19th September 2010
ISBN: 9780813126562
Number Of Pages: 280

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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.

""In addition to tracing the origins and trajectory of our native spirit, it's got moonshine, applejack, Prohibition, and Civil War doctors drinking all the spirits they could seize under the guise of medical need. It goes into the families and personalities of bourbon's early history and does so with humor at turns both subtle and broad.... I'd say [this book is] a great cause to raise a glass."-- Rowley's Whiskey Forge" --

.".". This crisply written book is more than just a history of distillers, and is, in addition, the story of the saloon and the impetus to close down this uniquely American Institution."-- Tuscan Citizen" --

""Add The Social History of Bourbon to your library." -- Courier Journal" --

Foreword to the New Editionp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Prefacep. xix
Drinks and Drinking in Early Americap. 1
Watermelon Armies and Whiskey Boysp. 11
Bourbon's Country Cousinp. 24
The First True Bourbonp. 33
A Name with a Melody all its Own-Kentuckyp. 50
The Dark Age of American Drinkingp. 62
Whiskey in the Civil Warp. 71
Golden Years of the Bourbon Aristocracyp. 81
Drinking Down the National Debtp. 94
Moonshine and Honeysucklep. 102
The Great Whiskey Stealp. 114
The Highwine Trustp. 128
Westward the Jug of Empire Took its Wayp. 137
A Sofa with Every Casep. 149
But-What is Whiskey?p. 163
Whiskey Fun and Folklorep. 174
The Swinging Doorp. 187
The Zenith of Man's Pleasurep. 207
Bourbon: From 1920 to the Day Before Yesterdayp. 218
Chronologyp. 231
Glossaryp. 235
Chapter Notesp. 239
Indexp. 271
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ISBN: 9780813126562
ISBN-10: 0813126568
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 19th September 2010
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45