Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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This Drinking Nation

“America’s drinking history started out differently from other nations’. The colonists who first settled this land arrived with their drinking preferences already formed in the old country. They knew what they were used to drinking, and at what times of the day, and on what holidays.(p1).

Jonathan Harris does an excellent job on discussing several different topics on buying, consuming, supplying, and even the statistics of alcoholic beverages. Alcohol manufacturers have several sneaky tactics up their sleeves that can do harm to a person and their loved ones. Harris’s book covers several areas and from several different angles just like a concept paper should.
One of Harris’s topics in his book This Drinking Nation is called “Target: Young People”. Because I am still a minor but yet a young adult I am able to see exactly what he means by this. On page 161 Harris starts to discuss who the alcohol companies try to target and why. Harris states that the alcohol companies make a lot of their money from the younger population. Even the companies’ ads target the young adults and make the average person seem much more “cool” when consuming the beverage. I completely understand what Harris means by this because even in today’s alcohol ads the average guy who consumes alcohol seems much more cool and has much more female attention.
One other of my favorite parts of this book is when Harris breaks down the Prohibition. In his section called “Age of Prohibition” Harris talks about what the Prohibition was and also why it started. Just like in every school’s history class he gave us the same information but much more. When America tried to ban alcohol there were places called speakeasies that were basically secret bars that many people were not able to find usually in the back of a building such as maybe a funeral home(p87).
Harris covered many more topics about the life of alcohol and explained alcohol’s journey in the United States so thoroughly that I am much more educated on the substance. What I most liked about Harris’s book is that he did not say that alcohol is bad over and over like many of the history teachers do that teach about the Prohibition. However, Harris was able to give history and facts about the substance that has an outstanding industry in the United States and many other parts of the world.

9 comments:

  1. You did a nice job at tying in the quotation and not just giving summary. One thing you could work on is giving maybe just a little more of what is going on in the book.

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  2. You did a nice job at tying in the quotation and not just giving summary. One thing you could work on is giving maybe just a little more of what is going on in the book.

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  3. You did a very good job on describing what is going on and how your quotation relates to the book. One thing is is to try and make a self-to-text connection with the book and yourself, or possibly something you know to make a connection. Good job overall, though.

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  4. Good job on trying to relate to the book by saying you know what it is like with the ads. I agree with Alyssa and maybe write a little more on what is going on in the book.

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  5. You did a nice job of tying in your quotation and supporting it. The quotation is a good attention-grabber, and you also did a good job of including your opinion on the situation such as when you said "Because I am still a minor . . . " and went on from there. Something to work on would be maybe giving a little more information about the book and what is occurring, and use a little more length if needed.

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  6. I like how much you connected to this book and reacted to what the author had to say and used both quotations and analysis. I agree with Alyssa and Emily in that you could have added more summary of the book.

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  7. Ditto the previous comments about the contents of the book. Even though it doesn't repeatedly say how bad drinking is/can be, does it take any position on the topic or is the book just factual and neutral?

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  8. Ditto the previous comments about the contents of the book. Even though it doesn't repeatedly say how bad drinking is/can be, does it take any position on the topic or is the book just factual and neutral?

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  9. Ditto the comments above. Although the book doesn't repeatedly say how bad drinking can be, does it take a stance on the topic either way or is it neutral and purely factual?

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