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Tippling Ladies and the Making of Consumer Culture: Gender and Public Space in Fin-de-Siècle Chicago

In American cities today, at practically any moment, one can easily find women enjoying alcohol in public. But in the nineteenth century, respectable women rarely dined, let alone imbibed spirits, outside of private homes and private clubs. Ladies were denied entry to most saloons and, unless accompanied by a man, refused service in most restaurants. Drinking in public was a male privilege, and women mainly confined their alcohol consumption to the private realm.

The exercises that follow explore significant themes raised by the article–public space as an analytical construct; the relationship among gender, class, and consumer practices; and the moral dimensions of capitalist transformation. Several of the exercises also invite students to think about how to work with nontraditional evidence, specifically visual culture.

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“Teaching the JAH” uses online tools to bridge the gap between the latest scholarly research in U.S. history and the practice of classroom teaching. JAH authors demonstrate how featured articles might be taught in a U.S. history survey course.

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The Urbanization of the Eastern Gray Squirrel in the United States
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December 2009
When the “Jungle” Met the Forest: Public Work, Civil Defense, and Prison Camps in Postwar California
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June 2009
“The Specter of Environmentalism”: Wilderness, Environmental Politics, and the Evolution of the New Right
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December 2008
“Worth a Lot of Negro Votes”: Black Voters, Africa, and the 1960 Presidential Campaign
—James H. Meriwether

June 2008
Reconfiguring the Old South: “Solving the Problem of Slavery,” 1787–1838
—Lacy Ford

September 2007
Houses Divided: Lincoln, Douglas, and the Political Landscape of 1858
—Allen C. Guelzo

June 2007
The Army in the Marketplace: Recruiting an All-Volunteer Force
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