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Rod Phillips

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469617602

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469617602.001.0001

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Alcohol and the City 1800–1900

Alcohol and the City 1800–1900

Class and Social Order

(p.173) 9 Alcohol and the City 1800–1900

Rod Phillips

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the history of alcohol in the nineteenth century. Alcohol became the focal point of many anxieties, ranging from concerned social and economic changes to shifts in values and behavior. While alcohol has been blamed for many social ills, the tendency went further in the 1800s as many critics abandoned the temperance solution—the notion that moderate drinking was the answer—in favor of the idea of total abstinence. One of the innovations underpinning this policy shift was the availability of safe drinking water to many urban populations. This technological and material development provided one of the bases for the radical anti-alcohol movements of the nineteenth century.

Keywords:   alcohol consumption, water supply, Europe, North America, alcohol abuse, drinking water, anti-alcohol movements

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