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The Whiskey Ring
In an era defined by self-interest, most people could just be paid to look the other way.
Liquoring Up the Electorate
Our long national tradition of handing out booze in exchange for votes
Beginner’s Guide to the Whiskey Rebellion
America’s most intoxicating tax protest
Happy Hour Laws: States’ Quest To Keep People Happy, But Not That Happy
Ah, the happy hour. A classic way to unwind from a long day, gossip with coworkers, and ensure that absolutely nothing productive will happen with the rest of your evening.
Lewis Rosenstiel, Capitalist Champion of America’s ‘Native Spirit’
The post-Prohibition era was very, very good for a very, very small number of people. If you had pushed your way through the 1920s with a toe still dipped in the legal liquor business—by managing, for example, to secure one of the small number of ‘medicinal spirits’ licenses available—you might be one of the lucky […]
When Rockefeller and DuPont Took On Prohibition
May leveler, wealthier, brutally capitalist heads prevail
The Taft Decision: What is Whiskey, Anyway?
The battle over what could be called “whiskey” and what was just an imitation. Because really, who’s going to buy something labeled “imitation?”
A (Very Brief) History of Straight Whiskey
That’d be the legal kind of straight, not the un-iced kind
The Brown Jug Bills
Flipping the Script on Liability