Produced by Stephen R. Powell & Thomas P. McDade

America: liberty, justice and a drink for all? This is the history of alcohol and our attitudes towards drinking from the revolution to today.


What if an American President used alcohol to buy votes to get elected? What if Federal Judges interrupted court proceedings to drink alcohol? While few would deny that alcohol has been a problem for our society, many would be astonished to know we drink less today than in earlier periods in our history. This is the story of America as seen from the bottom of the drinking glass, and the astonishing role alcohol has played in the history of our nation.    

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Part III arfth_v11-complete-webc.mov (18 mB)

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Alcohol, some say it's the devils drink. Like it or not, it has played a major role in the history of our nation, and its use is very much a part of our collective heritage. For more than four centuries, alcohol has flowed out of taverns and down the throats of millions in America. Yet few people today recognize this thread that has weaved its way through our history and into the fabric of our society. A Round for the House traces our long, sometimes tortured relationship with drinking from the American Revolution to today. Our goal is to present alcohol in a historical context while neither glorifying ­ or vilifying it’s use. We will present the history of our country’s relationship with “the bottle” in a different light ­ one that tells the fascinating story of alcohol and it’s place in our cultural heritage. Every American has a story about drinking. This is America’s drinking story.. . The American President who used alcohol to buy votes Rampant drunkenness during the early days of the republic, when Americans enjoyed daily libations Temperance unions, which labeled liquor “crime-producing, youth-corrupting, and home-wrecking” Judges who deliberately interrupted federal court proceedings so they could have a drink Congressman Richard Hobson, who declared that “liquor will actually make a brute out of a Negro” Secret hideaways where the rich and famous enjoyed illegal hooch during Prohibition The U.S. Navy’s daily ration for its sailors: “one half-pint of distilled spirits” or “one quart of beer” State legislators who evaluated blood alcohol levels by actually drinking and driving!

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READ THE SCRIPT For more information about A Round for the House, contact Stephen Powell at (716) 316-6710 or info@odessapictures.com

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