American History: A Long-standing Tradition?

American History has always had a special place in my heart. Perhaps it’s because my high school teacher was one of the toughest teachers I had. In just two years of American history, I have about four or five five-subject notebooks filled with notes, dates, outlines, and essays. But out of all of those notes, I don’t seem to recall the importance of the tavern bar.

Why am I bringing this up now? I stumbled upon an article in NPR Books about a book by Christine Sismondo, lecturer at York University in Toronto, entitled America Walks Into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops. From what I read in the article, the tavern is where it’s assumed many important moments in American history were decided. Isn’t that where most important decisions are made anyway? I hope that reading this book will not only give me an overview of the American history I know, but also an insight on historical and cultural landmarks (not to mention, the favorite hangout to most Americans, especially college students).

My reading list for the year is extensive, but I think that shuffling a few things around to put this book toward the top of my list is in order. I enjoy a well-written historical fiction or non-fiction book to keep me busy.

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