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corrections re names of authors of Gujarat article

Tanu Sachdeva & Jasneet Soni

I blame autocorrect and my poor vision at age 82.

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Race and alcohol in Mexico and the United States: tequila, pulque, beer (article)

Marie Sarita Gaylan, “Drinking Difference: Race, Consumption, and Alcohol Prohibition in Mexico and the United States.” Ethnicities, v.14 (June 2014), n.3, pp. 436-67.

Abstract

This article examines how racialized meanings were attributed to alcoholic products (tequila, pulque, and beer) in the United States and in Mexico in the early part of the 20th century. Researchers in both countries provide a wealth of information about the politics, establishment, and enforcement of alcohol prohibition. Yet, few projects consider the effects of these measures from a transnational perspective. Drawing on newspaper articles and primary and secondary sources from the United States and Mexico, this work illustrates how, amid changing ideas regarding alcohol regulation, various actors projected racial and class meanings onto commodities and their consumption.

John Pearce and temperance catering (book)

David W. Gutzke, John Pearce and the Rise of the Mass Food Market in London, 1870–1930 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).

At the center of sweeping change to food retailing practices in Victorian and Edwardian England lies one man: John Pearce. An innovative businessman and a quintessential rags-to-riches success story, Pearce was at the forefront of the rise of the mass food market in London. With his catering company Pearce & Plenty, he fed millions of workers who wanted fast, nutritious, and tasty food. David W. Gutzke mines a wide range of primary sources to offer a portrait of a pivotal figure in London and a leader of the temperance catering movement who had “done more than can be readily recognised to render London a sober city.”  By studying Pearce’s companies as well as those of his competitors, this book documents a half century of changing consumption habits in London.