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How the Humble Bar Changed American History

If you ask Christine Sismondo about prohibition, she’ll tell you it didn’t have nearly as much to do with alcohol as it did with trying to close down the saloon. And that’s a key distinction if you, like her, consider the American bar to be the equivalent of the London coffeehouses and Paris Salons. Sismondo contends [...]

The Spirited History of the American Bar

Christine Sismondo, author of the new book America Walks into a Bar, explains how the local tavern contributed mightily to what America is today. In colonial times, it was a place for people to discuss anything as equals. In taverns people could mix together: you see men drinking alongside the people they work for. Early laws [...]