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Every home a distillery : alcohol, gender, and technology in the colonial Chesapeake

Author: Sarah Hand Meacham
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
Series: Early America.
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Offering an examination of alcohol production in early America, this book uncovers the crucial role women played in cidering and distilling in the colonial Chesapeake. It compares alcohol production  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Hand Meacham
ISBN: 9780801893124 0801893127
OCLC Number: 276994717
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Examines alcohol production in early America and uncovers the crucial role women played in cidering and distilling in the colonial Cheseapeake. Alcohol was essential to colonial life -- the region's water was foul, milk was generally unavailable, and tea and coffee were far too expensive for all but the very wealthy. Colonists used alcohol to drink, in cooking, as a cleaning agent, in beauty products, and as medicine. The author finds that the distillation and brewing of alcohol for these purposes traditionally fell to women. Advice and recipes in such guidebooks as The Accomplisht Ladys Delight demonstrate that women were the main producers of alcohol until the middle of the eighteenth century. Men, mostly small planters, then supplanted women, using new and cheaper technologies to make the region's cider, ale, and whiskey. She compares alcohol production in the Chesapeake with that in New England, the middle colonies, and Europe, finding the Chesapeake to be far more isolated than even the other American colonies. She explains how home brewers used new technologies, such as small alembic stills and inexpensive cider pressing machines, in their alcoholic enterprises. She links the importation of coffee and tea in Americ to the temperance movement, showing how the wealthy became concerned with alcohol consumption only after they found something less inebriating to drink.
1. "It was being too abstemious that brought this sickness upon me": alcoholic beverage consumption in the early Chesapeake -- 2. "They will be adjudged by their drinke, what kind of housewives they are": gender, technology, and household cidering in England and the Chesapeake, 1690 to 1760 -- 3. "This drink cannot be kept during the summer": large planters, science, and community networks in the early eighteenth century -- 4. "Anne Howard . . . will take in gentlemen": white middling women and the tavernkeeping trade in colonial Virginia -- 5. "Ladys here all go to market to supply their pantry": alcohol for sale, 1760 to 1776 -- 6. "Every man his own distiller": technology, the American Revolution, and the masculinization of alcohol production in the late eighteenth century -- 7. "He is much addicted to strong drinke": the problem of alcohol -- A few recipes.
Description: xi, 187 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: "It was being too abstemious that brought this sickness upon me" : alcoholic beverage consumption in the early Chesapeake --
"They will be adjudged by their drinke, what kind of housewives they are" : gender, technology, and household cidering in England and the Chesapeake, 1690 to 1760 --
"This drink cannot be kept during the summer" : large planters, science, and community networks in the early eighteenth century --
"Anne Howard --
will take in gentlemen" : white middling women and the tavernkeeping trade in colonial Virginia --
"Ladys here all go to market to supply their pantry" : alcohol for sale, 1760 to 1776 --
"Every man his own distiller" : technology, the American Revolution, and the masculinization of alcohol production in the late eighteenth century --
"He is much addicted to strong drinke" : the problem of alcohol --
A few recipes.
Series Title: Early America.
Responsibility: Sarah Hand Meacham.
Local System Bib Number:
157247
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Meacham's Every Home a Distillery is a well-composed, clearly written, highly informative study that significantly contributes to our understanding of how alcohol was brewed, distributed, and Read more...

 
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