Publisher: The History Press, 2010.
Soft Cover, 176 pages, 7x10.
Historian Michael D. Morgan takes an indepth and nostalgic look at one of America's most famous beer drinking districts: Cincinnati's Over-The-Rhine, which was so named because of its thoroughly German character. In its late-19th-century heyday, Over-The-Rhine was populated by breweries, beer gardens and saloons - not to mention throngs of beer-loving Germans. It was the heart of immigrant life in Cinncinati, and the lifeblood of the city's dozens of breweries. Perhaps nowhere else in the nation was the German-American beer-drinking culture played out in such dramatic fashion as in Over-The-Rhine. Well-illustrated with black and white and color images, the book chronicles the colorful rise and fall of Over-The-Rhine in fabulous detail.
From the cover:
Over-the-Rhine is a place where a building owner can stumble upon huge caverns underneath a basement floor or find long-forgotten tunnels that travel far below city streets. Its present mysteries are attributable to a past that transcends the common story of how cities change over time: it is the story of how a clash between immigrants and "real Americans" helped rob Cincinnati of its image, its soul and its economy. In the 1870s, OTR was comparable to the cultural hearts of Paris and Vienna. By the turn of the last century, the neighborhood was home to roughly three hundred saloons and had over a dozen breweries within or adjacent to its borders. It was beloved by countless citizens and travelers for the exact reasons that others successfully sought to destroy it. This is the story of how the heart of the "Paris of America" became a time capsule.
About the Author:
Michael Morgan is a reformed lawyer who has dedicated the past several years to the physical and cultural restoration of Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine. In part, this includes working with the City of Cincinnati to improve its approach to historic preservation and to find creative solutions to urban redevelopment challenges. It also includes conducting events that help bring the neighborhood's history alive. Morgan is a graduate of the University of Toledo College of Law, where he learned to write, and Ohio University, where he learned to drink. As a trustee of the Brewery District CURC, Morgan helped create the organization's Prohibition Resistance Tours of historic brewery sites. He has also been the primary organizer of Bockfest since 2006 and is an unabashed proponent of local beer.