Category: History

Purley Baker (Prohibition Leader & Anti-Saloon League Head)

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Purley Baker was a leading temperance and Prohibition leader. He was born in Ohio in 1858 and died in 1924. That  was during National Prohibition (1920-1933). Prohibition was part of the Progressive Movement. Anti-Saloon League Rev. Baker was an ordained Methodist minister. He became well-known for strongly opposing alcohol and saloons. Perhaps because of that …

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Temperance Magazines (Temperance Journals or Periodicals)

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Many organizations published temperance magazines or journals. This listing includes most of those. However, it does not include annual reports, minutes, proceedings, or yearbooks.    Overview of Temperance Magazines I.   Geographic List II.  Alphabetical List III. Resources After each temperance magazine is when available, the place of publication, the sponsoring organization, and the dates …

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Prohibition and Progressives: Progressives Promoted It

Prohibition and Progressives were closely linked. In fact, the Progressive Movement strongly promoted prohibition. The Progrssive Era was between about 1890 and 1920. It was a reaction to social problems, They thought these were caused by industrialization, political corruption, and other developments. Progressives wanted to create an ideal society. Their approach was to reduce personal …

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Drunk Driving is Unacceptable Socially and Legally Today

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Drunken driving was accepted behavior until the early 1980s. Then Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) raised our consciousness. As did Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD),* Remove Intoxicated Drivers (RID) and other groups. Now, drunk driving is unacceptable. Decades Ago Decades ago, Dean Martin and many others took pride how much they drank. Alcohol abuse and …

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Cooking with Liquor or Spirits (Rum, Whiskey, Gin, Etc.)

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Many people cook with wine. But cooking with liquor or spirits adds exciting new flavors to food. This makes them more interesting. As the alcohol evaporates, their essences are concentrated. Their sugars also become carmelized. And, of course, nothing compares to the excitement of a flambed dish! All of the cookbooks below provide great ways …

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George Washington Alcohol Quiz (It’s Really Fun! )

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How much do you know about George Washington? Did he wear wooden false teeth? Or throw a silver dollar across the Potomac River? Did he chop down a cherry tree? Test your knowledge of the first president by taking this George Washington Alcohol Quiz. Good luck! George Washington Alcohol Quiz 1. George Washington considered himself primarily: …

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Social History of Alcohol in America: Discover Its Ironies

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The Spirits of America. A Social History of Alcohol chronicles the role of alcohol in US life and culture. It does so from the earliest Colonial period. Learn about colorful characters. They range greatly. There’s the well-known hatchet-wielding Carry Nation. And there’s little-known Man in the Green Hat. See how and why alcohol changed from …

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Early Alcohol Trivia from Cavemen To Columbus: Fun Facts

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Humans have made alcoholic beverages for thousands of years. Here we look at early alcohol trivia from caveman to Columbus. Share your favorite alcohol fun facts with friends and family! Beer was probably a staple before bread. 1 The world’s oldest known recipe is for beer. 2 Alcohol beverages have been produced for at least …

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Alcoholic Beverages Trivia and Fun Facts (Ales to Zombies)

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Have fun with these fun facts! We cover the waterfront from ales to zombies. Enjoy these alcoholic beverages trivia. Then share your favorites with your friends, family, and co-workers! The total pure alcohol in a standard drink is the same. Each has six-tenths of an ounce. So a drink is a drink is a drink.1 …

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