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A Place of Gathering: Carolina Drink Houses
Cynthia S. Gentry
Journal of Black Studies
Vol. 34, No. 4 (Mar., 2004), pp. 449-461
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3180890
Page Count: 13
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A drink house is a residential home open for the illegal sale of alcohol by the drink. This is a long-standing and widespread tradition in Southern Black communities. Based on interviews, several types of these establishments are described. In addition, the functions, both positive and negative, of drink houses are explored. Although associated with a number of social problems, the drink house functions primarily to reflect and perpetuate a sense of neighborhood and community.
Journal of Black Studies © 2004 Sage Publications, Inc.