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Alcohol in the 18th Century

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The 18th Century was a defining moment for American Culture. Revolutions, Wars, Rebellions are mostly what people know from this time in history.  But what about the simplest of things? Alcohol was an every day beverage to soldiers, presidents, common folk, and even doctors! The 18th Century was a changing time for whiskey, rum, cider, and wine. Alcohol had its many uses in the 18th Century, whether that were medicinal, or simple pleasure. It defined and constructed social classes, with certain beverages being accessible to certain people- the wealthy, or the poor. Society placed restrictions on alcohol throughout history, but alcohol has always prevailed. People drunk alcohol every day, all day for whatever occasion.

Washington in His Last Illness

National Portrait Gallery

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National Museum of American History

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National Museum of American History

ESS AMARA HALL

National Museum of American History

Bath Thermometer

National Museum of American History

Benjamin Rush (1745-1813), (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Buffalo Lithia Water

National Museum of American History

John Hancock, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums