Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Alcohol

(8 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Cross posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette

America has a long interesting history with alcohol that dates back to the Pilgrims running through what really started the American revolution to Prohibition. The Discovery Channel began a three part series, “How Booze Built America,” that examines the history of alcohol in the American culture. Mike Rowe, the series host, spoke on MSNBC’s The Cycle about the series and making history fun.

Did you know that the Puritans landed the Mayflower early on Plymouth Rock … because they ran out of beer? Or that Johnny Appleseed was actually creating farms to sell hard apple cider?

It was all the fault of demon rum.


    • TMC on September 21, 2012 at 10:14
    • banger on September 21, 2012 at 14:56

    I’m not sure you can have one without the other. Booze was required to keep you from thinking about morality and coffee kept you focused on your work. Still works that way. That is one reason why the addition of other drugs was so hysterically opposed by the system–it tended to throw a wrench in the works–particularly marijuana. My favorite story illustrating that is Terry Southern’s short story “Red Dirt Marijuans.”

  1. We’re still way behind the Russians though, I don’t think anyone will ever catch them.

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