American Society and Drug Abuse, 1865–1920
Published by: University of Oklahoma Press
Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
230 Pages | 6 x 9
H. Wayne Morgan argues that public fear of drug abuse rests on several assumptions, all of which relate closely to American ideals and purposes. One assumption is that a drug abuser is in a sense a slave, devoid of free will, and is thus in a situation that runs counter to America’s historic emphasis on individualism. Morgan also explores in detail the threat that drug abuse may pose to the efficient production of both goods and ideas by removing people from the mainstream of reality.
“An important contribution to American social history. This book should be of interest to undergraduates and the general public.”—Choice
“The first-hand accounts of exposure to various habit-forming drugs is a particularly valuable aspect of this book. . . . Warmly recommended to all those who are concerned with present-day drug addiction.”—Medical History