Smuggling Booze and Aliens from Cuba to Florida during Prohibition (article)

Lindquist Dorr, Lisa. “Bootlegging Aliens: Unsanctioned Immigration and the Underground Economy of Smuggling from Cuba during Prohibition.” Florida Historical Quarterly 93, no. 1 (Summer 2014): 44–73. On the smuggling of illegal immigrants and liquor from Cuba to Florida during the 1920s. Among other things, explains: “When profits from booze became risky and the passage of the most stringent immigration restriction law in 1924 increased the number of desperate immigrants . . . , “bootlegging aliens” . . . quickly expanded as an alternative source of profit for smugglers” (46). And: “European makers of cognac, whiskey, scotch, gin, vodka, wine and champagne shipped thousands of cases of liquor to ports like Havanna, knowing that they would eventually end up as contraband in the United States” (49).

Alcohol Consumption and Psychological Distress in Adolescents in 12 Developing Countries (article)

Olukunmi Balogun et al., “Alcohol Consumption and Psychological Distress in Adolescents: A Multi-Country Study,” Journal of Adolescent Health 54, no. 2 (2014): 228–34. Analysis of surveys conducted in the 2000s concluding that the “high prevalence of alcohol use among adolescents and the strength of the association with psychological distress present a major public health challenge in developing countries.”

Slave drinking and planter ambivalence in the British Caribbean (Vanderbilt lecture)

Frederick H. Smith, lecture: ALCOHOLIC MARRONAGE: SLAVE DRINKING AND PLANTER AMBIVALENCE IN THE BRITISH CARIBBEAN (at Vanderbilt University) Thursday, March 22. 4:00 p. m.

Historical archaeologists have encountered alcohol-related material culture on the sites of enslaved peoples throughout the Americas, yet historical archaeological evidence has contributed little to our understanding about the role of alcohol in slave societies. What did enslaved peoples drink? Where did they drink? And how did the coercive structures of the slave labor system shape the meaning of alcohol for enslaved peoples? Archaeological investigations at Mapps Cave, a cavern and sinkhole complex in St. Philip, Barbados, help shed light on these questions. Alcohol related materials represent a significant proportion of the Mapps Cave artifact assemblage and indicate that alcohol drinking was one of the primary activities that occurred at the site. Smith will explore the social and symbolic meanings that enslaved peoples at Mapps Cave gave to alcohol use, especially within the context of the 1816 slave uprising, the largest slave revolt in Barbados’ history. Drawing on the work of alcohol studies researchers, I argue that Mapps Cave, a liminal space on the plantation landscape, provided enslaved peoples from surrounding sugar estates with a temporary refuge from the rigors of plantation life, and the use of alcohol at the site enhanced those feelings of escape.
Frederick H. Smith is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the College of William and Mary.  Dr. Smith is a historical archaeologist of the Caribbean, with a research focus on British colonialism, inter-colonial relations in the Atlantic World, and the role of alcohol in Caribbean societies.  He is author of two books, Caribbean Rum: A Social and Economic History, and The Archaeology of Alcohol and Drinking, as well as a great variety of journal articles and chapters in edited volumes.

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