Iven the infreuency which is buttressed by weak organization within the chapters This is a broad survey of the relationship between women and alcohol and I would have been confused in areas if not for what I already new about the subject via Prohibition and Last Call Unfortunately there s not enough new material outside of those two sources to make reading this book worthwhileFor those with a lot of time on their hands and an interest in learning about Prohibition allow me to recommend Last Call and maybe even following up with the documentary For those with only a few hours skip this book and go straight to the documentary I hate saying this but Not recommende. Kers 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 drin.
In my research on Prohibition and the historical drinking habits of Americans this book was invaluableThe 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 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 abo. The period of prohibition from 1919 to 1933 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 freuently the victims of alcohol associated violence and abuse As a result women stood at the fore of.
Ut the time period with a focus on how prohibition related to women s suffrage and the rise of women s political and social power While trying to locate this book I discovered that Dr Murdock also writes YA fiction Due to the easy availability of those books I ended up reading all of her YA novels before getting my hands on a copy of Domesticating Drink I ve been looking forward to reading Domesticating Drink her YA books are well written and fun and her interviews in Prohibition were insightfulSo it pains me to say that I would skip this book The writing is of the robotic academia variety the few times her voice peeks through are charming albeit disappointing 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 1920s with federal prohibition a reality many women began to assert their hard won sense of freedom by becoming social drin.
I grew up in small town Connecticut on a tiny farm with honeybees two adventurous goats and a mess of Christmas trees My sister claims we didn’t have a television but we did sometimes – only it was ancient received exactly two channels and had to be turned off after 45 minutes to cool down or else the screen would go all fuzzy Watching or rather “watching” Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds