Domesticating Drink: Women, Men, and Alcohol in America,

Domesticating Drink: Women, Men, and Alcohol in America, 1870-1940 The period of prohibition, fromto , marks the fault line between the cultures of Victorian and modern America In Domesticating Drink, Murdock argues that the debates surrounding alcohol also marked a divide along gender lines For much of early American history, men generally did the drinking, and women and children were frequently the victims of alcohol associated violence and abuse As a result, women stood at the fore of the temperance and prohibition movements and, as Murdock explains, effectively used the fight against drunkenness as a route toward political empowerment and participation At the same time, respectable women drank at home, in a pattern of moderation at odds with contemporaneous male alcohol abuseDuring the s, with federal prohibition a reality, many women began to assert their hard won sense of freedom by becoming social drinkers in places other than the home Murdock s study of how this development took place broadens our understanding of the social and cultural history of alcohol and the various issues that surround it As alcohol continues to spark debate about behaviors, attitudes, and gender roles, Domesticating Drink provides valuable historical context and important lessons for understanding and responding to the evolving use, and abuse, of drink


10 thoughts on “Domesticating Drink: Women, Men, and Alcohol in America, 1870-1940

  1. says:

    I first discovered Catherine Gilbert Murdock when she appeared in Ken Burns outstanding documentary on prohibition aptly titled Prohibition I found her segments fascinating and immediately set out to track down her book I had already read Daniel Okrent s Last Call the inspiration for the documentary and was eager to read about the time period with a focus on


  2. says:

    In my research on Prohibition and the historical drinking habits of Americans, this book was invaluable.The writing is academic, it deals with important and well researched information, it isn t a light read and it shouldn t be Domesticating Drink captures the social context of beverage alcohol consumption better than any book I ve read so far.


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