“America walks into a bar” sounds like the perfect opening line of a joke, and is one of the titles featured on the NEW BOOKS DISPLAY at the Prairie State College library this month. In America Walks Into A Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops, Christine Sismondo presents the local watering hole as a pivotal character in American History. The story begins in colonial taverns, where drinking leads to serious, and later impassioned, discussions that plant the seeds of revolution. Early elections are largely influenced by taverns, as candidates prime voters with a beverage called bumbo. The story continues through prohibition, the rise of organized crime, and ends with a look at modern day legislation.
“The story of the American bar is a love-hate story,” (Sismondo 277). Bars, taverns, and speakeasies have been the backdrop for famous speeches, assassination plots, and major crime enterprises. Discover how important, and controversial, the bar has been to the development of our nation with this entertaining, informative novel.
America Walks Into A Bar : A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops and the other books shown below can be found on the NEW BOOKS DISPLAY at the Prairie State College library.