The distinctive beverage of the Western world, bourbon is Kentucky’s
illustrious gift to the world of spirits. Although the story of American
whiskey is recorded in countless lively pages of our nation’s history,
the place of bourbon in the American cultural record has long awaited
detailed and objective presentation. Not a recipe book or a barman’s
guide, but a fascinating and informative contribution to Americana, The Social History of Bourbon
reflects an aspect of our national cultural identity that many have
long suppressed or overlooked. Gerald Carson explores the impact of the
liquor’s presence during America’s early development, as well as
bourbon’s role in some of the more dramatic events in American history,
including the Whiskey Rebellion, the scandals of the Whiskey Ring, and
the “whiskey forts” of the fur trade. The Social History of Bourbon is a revealing look at the role of this classic beverage in the development of American manners and culture.
Gerald Carson (1899 – 1989) was the author of several books of social history.