Drinking History: Fifteen Beverages That Shaped America
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Food Studies
Course Number: NFDS 2102
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Food Studies
  • History
  • Cultural Studies
What is American drink? Is it warmed-over traditional British beverages: tea, ale, hard cider, syllabubs, toddies? Is it versions of beverages originally brought over by successive waves of immigrants: lager and pilsner, sangria, tequila, bubble tea? Is it the vigorously marketed creations of America’s beverage industries, such as Kentucky Bourbon, Kool-Aid, Snapple, Coors, and Coca-Cola? This course examines the cultural, social, technological, and economic history that has influenced what Americans drink today. It is an action-packed history, filled with rum runners, soda manufacturers, coffee moguls, cocktail inventors, temperance preachers, prohibitionists, health advocates, and hard-hitting advertisers, all of whom contributed to the contentious American drinkscape of the 21st century.
Course Open to: Majors Only