Bars are not an exclusively American gathering place, but they do have a special spot in American history and culture that is all too often overlooked. There is a unique atmosphere inside the neighborhood bars that are found all across the country, because people from all walks of life are welcome to gather, discuss current events, and enjoy a drink together. Below is a look at how this friendly drinking culture and "the bar" developed in the United States.
It may be a stretch to say that this country was born in local taverns, but the Founding Fathers of America would not be the same without the meeting places they had in these bars. Colonial bars were more than just areas to stop in for a drink; people went to them to talk to each other and rally for the changes that, eventually, gave birth to the United States of America.
Prohibition Era Speakeasies
Even when alcohol became demonized to the point that is was outlawed through Prohibition, most Americans did not pay much attention. They continued to head to speakeasies, which operated discreetly to let people drink, eat, and maintain the mingling atmosphere of the American bar where social rank and position are of little importance.
20th Century Intellectual Spaces
Many modern historians will argue that many of the revolutionary movements of the mid-20th century would not have happened without the grassroots beginnings they had in bars and pubs. Groups of oppressed populations could meet and inspire ideas that led to lasting change that may not have happened if those people did not have the safe haven of a local bar.
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