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The Resource The war on alcohol : prohibition and the rise of the American state, Lisa McGirr

The war on alcohol : prohibition and the rise of the American state, Lisa McGirr

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The war on alcohol : prohibition and the rise of the American state
Title
The war on alcohol
Title remainder
prohibition and the rise of the American state
Statement of responsibility
Lisa McGirr
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Prohibition has long been portrayed as a noble experiment that failed, a newsreel story of glamorous gangsters, flappers, and speakeasies. Now at last Lisa McGirr dismantles this cherished myth to reveal a much more significant history. Prohibition was the seedbed for a pivotal expansion of the federal government, the genesis of our contemporary penal state. Her deeply researched, eye-opening account uncovers patterns of enforcement still familiar today: the war on alcohol was waged disproportionately in African American, immigrant, and poor white communities. Alongside Jim Crow and other discriminatory laws, Prohibition brought coercion into everyday life and even into private homes. Its targets coalesced into an electoral base of urban, working-class voters that propelled FDR to the White House. This outstanding history also reveals a new genome for the activist American state, one that shows the DNA of the right as well as the left. It was Herbert Hoover who built the extensive penal apparatus used by the federal government to combat the crime spawned by Prohibition. The subsequent federal wars on crime, on drugs, and on terror all display the inheritances of the war on alcohol. McGirr shows the powerful American state to be a bipartisan creation, a legacy not only of the New Deal and the Great Society but also of Prohibition and its progeny
Summary
Argues that Prohibition was not simply a curious interlude that left no trace on American history, but was the seed bed for a huge expansion of the federal government, especially in its law-enforcement capacities
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10457360
Cataloging source
DLC
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1962-
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McGirr, Lisa
Dewey number
363.4/10973
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Prohibition
  • United States
  • Prohibition
  • United States
Target audience
adult
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prohibition and the rise of the American state
Label
The war on alcohol : prohibition and the rise of the American state, Lisa McGirr
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- The making of a radical reform -- Bootleg, moonshine, and home brew -- Selective enforcement -- "Gestures of daring, signs of revolt -- Citizen warriors -- New political loyalties -- Building the penal state -- Repeal -- Notes -- Acknowledgments -- Index
Control code
ocn902661500
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9780393066951
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015028038
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)902661500
Label
The war on alcohol : prohibition and the rise of the American state, Lisa McGirr
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- The making of a radical reform -- Bootleg, moonshine, and home brew -- Selective enforcement -- "Gestures of daring, signs of revolt -- Citizen warriors -- New political loyalties -- Building the penal state -- Repeal -- Notes -- Acknowledgments -- Index
Control code
ocn902661500
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9780393066951
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015028038
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)902661500

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