The Alcoholic Republic: An American Tradition

Is America an alcoholic republic? Advocates and statistics exist for discussion on various sides of that question, and William Rorabaugh contends there is no single answer. But what is the historical evidence? How has the use of drink and alcohol changed over the years from the time of colonial America into the present?

At the time of this interview, Rorabaugh, a Fellow at the National Humanities Center (1983-84), was professor of history at the University of Washington.

This edition of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.

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