National Archives exhibit examines America’s history through the lens of a cocktail glass

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In 1830, it was not uncommon for the average American to consume 7.1 gallons of pure alcohol in one year. In fact, it was the norm.

And perhaps it’s one reason why 50 years later, it became illegal to manufacture and distribute alcohol in the United States.

It’s no bartender’s secret that throughout history, America has had a rocky relationship with alcohol. Now, you can stumble through that history at the National Archives’ latest exhibit, “Spirited Republic.”

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