Taverns and Drinking in Early America

ISBN-10: 0801878993
ISBN-13: 9780801878992
Edition: 2002
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 6/30/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Sharon V. Salinger's Taverns and Drinking in Early America supplies the first study of public houses and drinking throughout the mainland British colonies. At a time when drinking water supposedly endangered one's health, colonists of every rank, age, race, and gender drank often and in quantity, and so taverns became arenas for political debate, business transactions, and small-town gossip sessions. Salinger explores the similarities and differences in the roles of drinking and tavern sociability in small towns, cities, and the countryside; in Anglican, Quaker, and Puritan communities; and in four geographic regions. Challenging the prevailing view that taverns tended to break down class and gender differences, Salinger persuasively argues they did not signal social change so much as buttress custom and encourage exclusion.

Sharon V Salinger is Professor of History and Dean of Undergraduate Education at the University of California - Irvine, where her interests include Early America, social history and gender. She is the author of Taverns and Drinking in Early America (2004) and more recently, the co-author of Robert Love's Warnings: Searching for Strangers in Colonial Boston (2014).

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Dutch and English Origins: For the "receiving and refreshment of travaillers and strangers"
Inside the Tavern: "Knots of Men Rightly Sorted"
Preventing Drunkenness and Keeping Good Order in the Seventeenth Century: "A Herd of Planters on the ground/O'er-whelmed with Punch, dead drunk we found"
Eighteenth-Century Legislation and Prosecution: "Lest a Flood of Rum do Overwhelm all good Order among us"
Licensing Criteria and Law in the Eighteenth Century: "Sobriety, honesty and discretion in the... masters of such houses"
Too Many Taverns?: "Little better than Nurseries of Vice and Debauchery"
The Tavern Degenerate: "Rendezvous of the very Dreggs of the People"
Conclusion
Notes
Index

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