According to legend, the Pilgrims settled in Plymouth, Mass., because their beer rations ran low. While the brew they carried from England hardly resembles what we drink today, alcohol and America have been inseparable since the nation’s founding. “Spirited Republic,” a new exhibition at the National Archives Museum, aims to illustrate how we’ve come to appreciate (and sometimes despise) our booze. Featured documents and artifacts shed light on how the government’s alcohol policy and citizens’ opinions have evolved from Benjamin Franklin’s optimistic declaration that “beer is proof that God loves us” to the work of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Exhibited items include a first edition of Alcoholics Anonymous’ “Big Book,” presidential letters and artifacts, newsreels and PSAs from the Prohibition and post-Prohibition eras, and a large graphic model detailing how much booze Americans have guzzled throughout U.S. history. Bottoms up. The exhibition is on view daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., to Jan. 10, 2016 at the National Archives Museum, Constitution Avenue and 7th Street NW. Free. (202) 357-5023. archives.gov.