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
The Whiskey Trust
Another chapter in the whiskey craziness of the Gilded Age
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.