By Marni Davis
On the flip of the century, American Jews and prohibitionists considered each other with becoming suspicion. Jews believed that each one american citizens had the ideal to promote and devour alcohol, whereas prohibitionists insisted that alcohol trade and intake posed a hazard to the nation’s morality and defense. the 2 teams possessed incompatible visions of what it intended to be a effective and patriotic American—and in 1920, whilst the Eighteenth modification to the structure made alcohol trade unlawful, Jews found that anti-Semitic sentiments had combined with anti-alcohol ideology, threatening their acceptance and their status in American society.
In Jews and Booze, Marni Davis examines American Jews’ lengthy and complex dating to alcohol through the past due 19th and early 20th centuries, the years of the nationwide prohibition movement’s upward thrust and fall. Bringing to endure an intensive diversity of archival fabrics, Davis bargains a unique standpoint on a formerly unstudied region of yank Jewish monetary activity—the making and promoting of liquor, wine, and beer—and finds that alcohol trade performed a very important function in Jewish immigrant acculturation and the expansion of Jewish groups within the usa. yet prohibition’s triumph forged a pall on American Jews’ historical past within the alcohol exchange, forcing them to revise, make clear, and shield their communal and civic identities, either to their fellow americans and to themselves.
"Thoughtful, instructive and sometimes insightful."—New York occasions publication overview
“There are sufficient attention-grabbing anecdotes, proof and figures within the captivating heritage to make the reader thirsty for an additional round.”—Times Literary complement
"An very good ebook. Davis crafted a posh and complex narrative, weaving quite a few issues jointly into an argumentative arc that demonstrates the complicated relationships among prohibition and the improvement of those generations in American Jewish life."—Journal of yankee historical past
"... a provocative learn of Jews' complex dating to alcohol and Prohibition in American history."
"In her debut, Davis means that anti-Semitism and Prohibition have been parallel expressions of political disquiet in the course of the flip of the final century...A attention-grabbing, nuanced social history."
“A pioneering research of Jews and the yankee alternate in alcohol from entrepreneurial nineteenth century immigrants via twentieth century battles over prohibition. vigorous, well-researched, and finished, this may lengthy stand because the definitive learn of Jews, booze, and evolving American taboos.”
-Jonathan D. Sarna,author of yankee Judaism: A History
“Imaginatively conceived, fiercely researched, fantastically written, Jews and Booze is welcome information certainly. a truly proficient and promising historian has proven how a contentious slice of the yankee Jewish earlier can stay very important to today's readers—and has made a specific clash among Protestant moralism and ethnic conduct her own.”
-Stephen J. Whitfield,author of looking for American Jewish Culture
“In this groundbreaking learn, Davis deftly blends social and cultural heritage to discover the real position American Jews performed within the liquor exchange, and the hostilities they elicited. In recuperating this approximately forgotten prior, Jews and Booze presents a prism during which to view the problems of Americanization.” -Tony Michels,author of a hearth of their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists in New York