Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition (Goldstein-Goren Series in American Jewish History)

Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition (Goldstein-Goren Series in American Jewish History)

Marni Davis


Finalist, 2014 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature from the Jewish e-book Council
 
From kosher wine to their ties to the liquor alternate in Europe, Jews have a longstanding old dating with alcohol. yet as soon as prohibition hit the United States, American Jews have been pressured to choose from forsaking their old connection to alcohol and ultimate outdoors the yankee mainstream. In Jews and Booze, Marni Davis examines American Jews’ lengthy and complex courting to alcohol in the course of the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries, the years of the nationwide prohibition movement’s upward push and fall. Bringing to undergo an in depth diversity of archival fabrics, Davis bargains a singular point of view on a formerly unstudied region of yankee Jewish financial activity—the making and promoting of liquor, wine, and beer—and unearths that alcohol trade performed a vital function in Jewish immigrant acculturation and the expansion of Jewish groups within the usa. yet prohibition’s triumph forged a pall on American Jews’ background within the alcohol exchange, forcing them to revise, make clear, and safeguard their communal and civic identities, either to their fellow american citizens and to themselves.    
 

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