Domesticating Drink Women, Men, and Alcohol in America, 1870-1940

ISBN-10: 080186870X
ISBN-13: 9780801868702
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.00
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 6/15/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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.

Catherine Gilbert Murdock was born in Charleston, South Carolina and grew up on a small farm in Litchfield, Connecticut. She attended Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania. She writes young adult books including Princess Ben, Dairy Queen, The Off Season, and Front and Center.

List of Illustrations
List of Acronyms
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Gender, Prohibition, Suffrage, and Power
Domestic Drinking in Victorian America
Startling Changes in the Public Realm
Prohibition, Cocktails, Law Observance, and the American Home
Prohibition and Woman's Public Sphere in the 1920s
The Moral Authority of the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform
The Domestication of Drink
Epilogue
Notes
Essay on Sources
Index

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