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Faces Along the Bar: Lore and Order in the Workingman's Saloon, 1870-1920

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Titel: Faces Along the Bar: Lore and Order in the Workingman's Saloon, 1870-1920
Autor/en: Madelon Powers

ISBN: 0226677680
EAN: 9780226677682
Sprache: Englisch.

August 1998 - gebunden - 331 Seiten

In this lively, witty, and engaging history, Madelon Powers recreates the daily life of the barroom, exploring what it was like to be a "regular" in the old-time saloon of pre-prohibition industrial America. Powers concentrates on the turbulent years from 1870 to 1920 when the industrial revolution wrenched and reshaped American society and its working-class institutions. During its heyday, the urban barroom was widely acknowledged as the workingman's "club". Yet it had no written rules for membership, no formal hierarchy, and no fixed agenda. What, then, Powers asks, was the exact nature of this so-called club?Powers examines the lives of saloongoers across America, including those in major cities such as New York, Chicago, New Orleans, and San Francisco as well as smaller cities such as Sioux City, Shoshone, and Oakland. Her investigation offers a fascinating look at the rich lore of the barroom -- its many games, stories, songs, free lunch customs, and especially its elaborate system of drinking rituals that have been passed on for decades. She shows how urban workers used saloons as places to promote their political, social, and economic objectives; saloons were where union leaders first organized their members, machine politicians cultivated the workingman's vote, and immigrants sought the assistance of their countrymen. She also discusses how gender, ethnicity, and class played significant roles in determining the club's membership.Powers concludes that an underlying code of reciprocity and peer group honor in saloon life unified the regulars and transformed them into a voluntary association. Thus, amid the fumes of beer and cigars, the regulars were able to cultivate thedual benefits of communal companionship and marketplace clout, making the old-time saloon one of the most versatile, ubiquitous, and controversial institutions in American history.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction Pt. I: The Criteria for Comradeship 1: The Importance of Being Regular 2: Gender, Age, and Marital Status 3: Occupation, Ethnicity, and Neighborhood Pt. II: The Gentle Art of Clubbing 4: Drinking Folkways 5: Clubbing by Treat 6: Clubbing by Collection Pt. III: More Lore of the Barroom 7: Games and Gambling 8: Talk and Storytelling 9: Songs and Singing 10: The Free Lunch Conclusion Notes Index
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