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Recent Reading: Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition by Marni Davis - Mo's Journal
March 24th, 2014
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Recent Reading: Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition by Marni Davis
Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of ProhibitionJews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition by Marni Davis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


An interesting chapter in American Jewish history with which I was unfamiliar. Davis explores Jewish involvement in the alcohol trade in nineteenth and early twentieth century America, focusing on how working in this field both helped connect Jews to the larger culture and, at the same time, worked to define a subculture. Then, with the rise of the Temperance Movement, American Jews had the experience of being on the losing side of a contentious issue that split the nation. How Prohibition influenced American Jewry - before, during, and after that "Noble Experiment" is much of the focus of the book.

The story is a compelling one, but you do have to have some investment in it to get through the book, which is written in a somewhat dry (ha ha) academic style. I enjoyed it anyway, but I wouldn't recommend it as bedtime reading.



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From:knittingwoman
Date:March 24th, 2014 04:02 pm (UTC)
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sounds fascinating, I didn't know anything about this either. i'll look for this book. thanks for the review.
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From:mofic
Date:March 26th, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
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It was in my local library...
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