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Domesticating Drink - Women, Men, and Alcohol in America, 1870-1940 (Electronic book text)
Domesticating Drink - Women, Men, and Alcohol in America, 1870-1940 (Electronic book text): Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Domesticating Drink - Women, Men, and Alcohol in America, 1870-1940 (Electronic book text): Catherine Gilbert Murdock

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Domesticating Drink - Women, Men, and Alcohol in America, 1870-1940 (Electronic book text)

Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Series: Gender Relations in the American Experience

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The period of prohibition, from 1919 to 1933, marks the fault line between the cultures of Victorian and modern America. In Domesticating Drink, Murdock argues that the debates surrounding alcohol also marked a divide along gender lines. For much of early American history, men generally did the drinking, and women and children were frequently the victims of alcohol-associated violence and abuse. As a result, women stood at the fore of the temperance and prohibition movements and, as Murdock explains, effectively used the fight against drunkenness as a route toward political empowerment and participation. At the same time, respectable women drank at home, in a pattern of moderation at odds with contemporaneous male alcohol abuse.

During the 1920s, with federal prohibition a reality, many women began to assert their hard-won sense of freedom by becoming social drinkers in places other than the home. Murdock's study of how this development took place broadens our understanding of the social and cultural history of alcohol and the various issues that surround it. As alcohol continues to spark debate about behaviors, attitudes, and gender roles, Domesticating Drink provides valuable historical context and important lessons for understanding and responding to the evolving use, and abuse, of drink.

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Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: Gender Relations in the American Experience
Release date: February 2003
First published: 1999
Authors: Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Dimensions: 229 x 152mm (L x W)
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 264
ISBN-13: 978-0-8018-7022-4
Barcode: 9780801870224
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LSN: 0-8018-7022-4

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