Todd Barnett

I study American business, immigration, urban, and religious history in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries. My dissertation, tentatively titled, “More Than Beer: the Complex Life of Adolphus Busch of the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association,” examines the life of Adolphus Busch in the historical context of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Special emphasis is placed on Busch’s business and family connections, his relationship to the German and German-American communities in the places where he had residences and businesses, the scope of his political influence, and his opposition to the prohibition movement. It includes an in-depth study of Busch’s various business interests, and his attempts to unify these interests through vertical integration.