- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - While many things have changed throughout American history, alcohol has remained a constant from the earliest European settlers.

Now the National Archives is exploring the nation’s long history with booze. An exhibit opening Friday offers visitors a look at the government’s oversight and control of alcohol throughout history.

“Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History” includes contrasting views, covering both the enjoyment of drinking and national worries over the potential harm.

Curators pulled 100 original items and documents from the archives, including the 18th Amendment that prohibited liquor, the 21st Amendment that repealed prohibition, President Franklin Roosevelt’s cocktail shaker and a first edition of “Alcoholics Anonymous.”

A 1792 note from President George Washington helps tell the story of the Whiskey Rebellion that threatened the nation’s stability over a tax on spirits.

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