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Lectures in History: Alcohol Use in the Early American Republic

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19th century cartoon of "King Alcohol and his Prime Minister"

Davis, California
Saturday, June 14, 2014

By 1830, annual alcohol consumption in America reached four gallons per person, the most in the history of the nation before or since. In this class, University of California, Davis professor Alan Taylor discusses why Americans drank so much in the early Republic. He also talks about the consequences of so much drinking, and how it spawned the temperance movement in the 1830s. 

 

 

Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11:50am (ET)

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