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Why the Drinking Age is 21 in Every State
It’s a MADD, MADD world.
The Drunkest Time in American History
That time we all had a lot of feels and went on a ten-year bender
Mail-Order Alcohol: why you can’t get that niche bourbon (and why you might be able to soon)
From the Wine of the Month Club to the COVID boom
Emergency Booze: 4 Times Alcohol Laws Changed in Response to Crisis
From the Revolution to the Coronavirus, changing our liquor laws in response to a crisis
How the Civil Service Helped End Prohibition
Prohibition agents should have been Civil Service employees, but they weren’t, because activists wanted to install true believers in those jobs and politicians wanted to hand them out to supporters. You couldn’t have it both ways.
The First American Liquor Laws
We’ve been drinking (and punishing people for drinking) since we landed at Jamestown.
Prohibition’s Racist Underbelly
How southern prohibition advocates exploited racial divisions to turn the South dry
The Maine Law
Neal Dow was just about single-handedly responsible for the first statewide prohibition law in the country. He was also pretty responsible for its quick demise.
Dry Republicans, Wet Democrats? Alcohol and Party Politics in American History
A compelling story of political gamesmanship, public pressure, and the great values conflict that every political party in America has to wrestle with: safety vs. liberty. Told here in abbreviated fashion, of course, because this is a blog.
A Brief History of Indian Alcohol Policy
Prohibition, Alcohol as a Weapon, and the Myth of the Drunken Indian