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Drugs and Drug Policy in America: A Documentary History (Primary Documents in American History & Contemporary Issues)

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Debates over the use and abuse of drugs, the laws controlling drugs in this country, and the question of whether or not certain drugs should be legally available have inflamed Americans since the 19th-century, and continue to flourish as America attempts to rage its "war on drugs." Students can trace the history and development of these arguments, as well as the reactions to them, through this unique collection of over 250 primary documents. Court cases, speeches, laws, opinion pieces, and other documents bring to life the controversies surrounding the issues. Explanatory introductions to documents aid users in understanding the various arguments put forth, while illuminating the significance of each document. Belenko traces the origins and changes in the nature of drug use and abuse in this country, as well as drug policy. Students can follow the evolution of the laws that have limited access to drugs such as cocaine and opium that were once legal in this country, as well as read the differing opinions in recent history on whether or not certain drugs such as marijuana ought to be legally available. The carefully chosen documents reflect the fact that our government's decisions have not always ended public controversy about how to deal with drug related problems and the very real consequences of addiction. The introductory and explanatory text help readers understand the nature of the conflicts, the issues being litigated, the social and cultural pressures that have shaped the debates, and the manner in which the passions of individual people have affected our drug policies.

Book News Annotation:

For high school and college students, Belenko (addiction and substance abuse, Columbia U.) presents 271 original documents that together review the origins and development of US official policies toward illegal drugs beginning in the middle 19th century. They include enacted laws, other government documents, court decisions, scholarly writings, and articles in the popular print media. He focuses on illegal drugs, rather than alcohol or prescription medicine.
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Synopsis:

Debates over the use and abuse of drugs, the laws controlling drugs in this country, and the question of whether or not certain drugs should be legally available have inflamed Americans since the 19th-century, and continue to flourish as America attempts to rage its "war on drugs." Students can trace the history and development of these arguments, as well as the reactions to them, through this unique collection of over 250 primary documents. Court cases, speeches, laws, opinion pieces, and other documents bring to life the controversies surrounding the issues. Explanatory introductions to documents aid users in understanding the various arguments put forth, while illuminating the significance of each document.

Synopsis:

Explores highly controversial issues surrounding drug use, drug abuse, and the legalization of drugs.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [371]-372) and index.

About the Author

STEVEN R. BELENKO is Senior Research Associate at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Columbia University.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Timeline of Key Events in American Drug Policy

American Drug Policy in the 19th Century

The Early Expansion of Federal Drug Control

The Harrison Act

Supreme Court Decisions on the Harrison Act

Overview of State Anti-Drug Laws

Marijuana Policy: The Early Years

American Drug Policy to World War II

Drug Policy from World War II through the 1950s: The Escalation of Punishment

The Medicalization of Addiction: Drug Treatment and Anti-Drug Policy

Drug Policy in the 1960s and 1970s: A Changing View

Marijuana Policy after the 1960s

Crack Cocaine and Drug Policy from the 1980s

The Debate over Drug Legalization

Suggested Readings

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780313299025
Editor:
Belenko, Steven R.
Publisher:
Greenwood Press
Editor:
Belenko, Steven R.
Author:
Belenko, Steven R.
Author:
Belenko, Steven
Location:
Westport, Conn. :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Drug abuse
Subject:
Public Policy
Subject:
Popular Culture - Counter Culture
Subject:
Narcotics, control of
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Public Policy - General
Subject:
Drug control--United States
Subject:
Drug abuse -- Government policy.
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Primary Documents in American History & Contemporary Issues
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
20000331
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.46x6.38x1.40 in. 1.79 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Debates over the use and abuse of drugs, the laws controlling drugs in this country, and the question of whether or not certain drugs should be legally available have inflamed Americans since the 19th-century, and continue to flourish as America attempts to rage its "war on drugs." Students can trace the history and development of these arguments, as well as the reactions to them, through this unique collection of over 250 primary documents. Court cases, speeches, laws, opinion pieces, and other documents bring to life the controversies surrounding the issues. Explanatory introductions to documents aid users in understanding the various arguments put forth, while illuminating the significance of each document.
"Synopsis" by , Explores highly controversial issues surrounding drug use, drug abuse, and the legalization of drugs.
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