Sunday, July 03, 2005

The Spirit of 1776

Ian Williams has an interesting column at Salon.

The American Revolution was not about tea. It was about rum: the real spirit of 1776.
Williams has also written a book "Rum: A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776" which is due in late August 2005 from Nation Books.

I am sure that given more space than a column in Salon, Williams will fully discuss the linkages between slavery and rum analyzed in the classic history by Eric Wiliams (no relation) Capitalism and Slavery.

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