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Drinking In America

A History

Newly revised and updated, this engaging narrative chronicles America’s delight in drink and its simultaneous fight against it for the past 350 years.

From Plymouth Rock, 1621, to New York City, 1987, Mark Edward Lender and James Kirby Martin guide readers through the history of drinks and drinkers in America, including how popular reactions to this ubiquitous habit have mirror and helped shape national response to a number of moral and social issues.

By 1800, the temperance movement was born, playing a central role in American politics for the next 100 years, equating abstinence with 100-proof Americanism. And today, the authors attest, a “neotemperance” movement seems to be emerging in response to heightened public awareness of the consequences of alcohol abuse.

Mark Edward Lender is the author of American Revolutionary era books and articles. His writings have won awards for history, writing, and research. Lender has a Ph.D. in American History from Rutgers University and is Professor Emeritus of History at Kean University, where he also retired as Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2011.