“Drunken Orgy” and the Perils of Social Climbing, 1909 Style

So there I was in the back room of a small local history museum in North Dakota, watching the frail-looking director heft large bound volumes of early-twentieth-century newspapers on and off the shelf.  My friend and I were on the trail of a confusing 1909 event in a tiny community on the Great Plains thatContinue reading ““Drunken Orgy” and the Perils of Social Climbing, 1909 Style”

The Points Interview: Scott Martin

The seventeenth entry in “The Points Interview” series features Scott Martin’s Devil of the Domestic Sphere: Temperance, Gender, and Middle-Class Ideology, 1800-1860 (Northern Illinois University Press, 2008; a paperback edition appeared in 2010).   Scott Martin is chair of the Department of History at Bowling Green State University, and the current Vice-President of the Alcohol andContinue reading “The Points Interview: Scott Martin”

The Stoned Ages, The Day (or Sixteen) After

Editor’s Note: The post below by Joe Spillane was written after the original September air date of “The Stoned Ages.”  If you’re just tuning in now, don’t worry– it’s probably still pretty relevant.  Readers who caught my last-minute notice regarding “The Stoned Ages” documentary on the History Channel know that I was a little ambivalentContinue reading “The Stoned Ages, The Day (or Sixteen) After”

Dealing with “Weeds”

Every year, around July or August, I subscribe to Showtime specifically to watch Weeds, the season finale of which aired on Monday. I’ll call and cancel my subscription after I’ve drained the maximum entertainment value from the $15 Showtime adds to my cable bill each month by re-watching the whole season, binge-style, OnDemand. If IContinue reading “Dealing with “Weeds””

Teaching Points: “Women and Addiction: A Feminist Perspective”

Editor’s Note: In the third installment in Points’ back-to-school celebration of teaching, Sarah Carnahan, candidate for an MSW and a PhD at Ohio State University, discusses the class “Women and Addiction: A Feminist Perspective.”  The syllabus is below; her discussion of the issues arising from the class will appear tomorrow. Carnahan’s work focuses on theContinue reading “Teaching Points: “Women and Addiction: A Feminist Perspective””

The Elephant in the Newsroom: Drug Policy and Michele Bachmann’s Migraines

Ed. Note–This post originally appeared on August 1. We removed it briefly while pursuing an opportunity to speak with Rep. Bachmann about the questions posed below. Unfortunately, the Bachmann camp did not respond to our query. We welcome readers’ insights into the candidate’s stances on these issues and urge fellow bloggers and mainstream journalists toContinue reading “The Elephant in the Newsroom: Drug Policy and Michele Bachmann’s Migraines”

Remembering Betty Ford

“Have you heard the news?”  I received a flurry of emails like this from family members and friends in the hours and days after Betty Ford’s death.  They know of my work on the history of alcoholic women, so it was a logical question.  Of course, I was saddened to hear of her passing, andContinue reading “Remembering Betty Ford”

More Dispatches from Buffalo: Gender and Intoxication

Editors’ Note: Today’s report on the ADHS conference comes from guest blogger Nancy Campbell. Some of you may recall Nancy’s remembrance of the late Bob Schuster, which appeared on this site back in February.  We’re grateful to her for this contribution as well. The “Gender and Intoxication” panel illustrated a familiar theme to which historiansContinue reading “More Dispatches from Buffalo: Gender and Intoxication”

Who was the First Woman in Alcoholics Anonymous, and Why Do We Care?

Historians are often asked factual questions to which we don’t know the answer, questions which, moreover, we are often predisposed against answering in the way the interlocutor expects and desires. In my case, I have been asked with some frequency, who was the first woman in Alcoholics Anonymous?  I have spent a fair bit ofContinue reading “Who was the First Woman in Alcoholics Anonymous, and Why Do We Care?”

MADD as Hell: From Carrie Nation to Drunk Driving

As I was preparing this post and already thinking about Carrie Nation, I learned from a student in a University of Michigan class I am teaching on addiction that the temperance advocate had come to Ann Arbor in 1902, where she was ridiculed by students at a rally only a few blocks from our classroom.  Continue reading “MADD as Hell: From Carrie Nation to Drunk Driving”

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