Rum A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776

ISBN-10: 1560258918

ISBN-13: 9781560258919

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Authors: Ian Williams
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Description: In this definitive history, Ian Williams describes in captivating detail howum and the molasses was made from the 18th century to the present. Rum wassed by the colonists to clear Native American tribes and to buy slaves. Toake it, they regularly traded with the enemy Frency during the Seven Years'ar, angering their British masters and setting themselves on the road toevolution. And the regular flow of rum was essential to keeping both armiesn the field. From Valley Forge to the trenches of the First World War,oldiers relied on rum to keep up their fighting spirits. Even though theuritans themselves were fond of rum in quantities that would appall modernay doctors, temperance and Prohibition have obscured the historical role ofhe "Global Spirit with its warm heart in the Caribbean.";Ian Williams' book as biting and multifacited, yet warm-spirited as the drink itself -riumphantly restores Rum's rightful place in history, taking us across spacend time, from its origins in the plantations of Barbados through Puritan andevolutionary New England, to voodoo rites in modern Haiti, where to mix rum

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 8/18/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Preface
Introduction: Rum: The Global Spirit with Its Heart in the Caribbean
Origins-"A Hot Hellish Liquor"
What Is It, Where Is It?
Sugar: The Seed of Rum
The Caribbean Connection: Preparing the Ground
Barbados, the Birthplace of Rum
Rum in the Americas: The Spirit of 1776
Early Settlers
Thirsty Saints
The Spirit of Celebration
The Fishy Side of Rum
The Great Spirit's Appointed Means
The Caribbean, Rum, and Imperial Liquidity
Blame the French
No Taxation!
Seven Years That Changed the World
After the War Was Over
Fast Run to Revolution: The Spirit of 1776
Rum and the Doctors
Rolling Around the World
High Spirits
Rum, Buggery, and the Lash: The Navy and Rum
Rum around the World
Voodoo Spirit: Haiti
Cuba Libre!
Prohibition and the End of the Heroic Age of Rum?
Bibliography
Endnotes
Index
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