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We Are What We Drink: The Temperance Battle in Minnesota

Sabine N. Meyer


This book eschews the generalities of other temperance histories to provide a close-grained story about the connections between alcohol consumption and identity in the upper Midwest. The book examines the ever-shifting ways that ethnicity, gender, class, religion, and place interacted with each other during the long temperance battle in Minnesota. The book's deconstruction of Irish and German ethnic positioning with respect to temperance activism provides a rare interethnic history of the movement. At the same time, it shows how women engaged in temperance work as a way to form public identiti ... More

Keywords: alcohol consumption, identity, upper Midwest, ethnicity, gender, class, place, Minnesota, temperance activism, women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039355
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039355.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sabine N. Meyer, author
University of Osnabrück