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Women and Public Drinking, 1890-1920

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Madelon Powers explains how bold women carved out their own space in the saloons of America.

In urban America from 1890 to 1920, when working-class taverns were popularly known as 'saloons' (derived from the French 'salon’), most customers were men who passed through the swing-doors to join their male comrades in the bar- room proper. It is important to note, however, that many saloons also had a side door known as the 'ladies' entrance'.


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