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Tag Archives: Toasts; beer; alcohohl; politics; American Revolution; Nullification Crisis; States Rights; Civil War; factions; political parties

The Serious Side of Drinking: Political Toasts

Tippling is mainly a recreational sport today, but beer was an important source of nutrition in colonial New York.  And alcohol also played a role in early American politics, through the time-honored ritual of drinking toasts. In 18th century America, nearly every public occasion ended with a score of ceremonial drinks and toasts. Verbatim transcripts [...]

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