Alcohol and Opium in the Old West: Use, Abuse and Influence by Jeremy Agnew

By Jeremy Agnew

This ebook explores the function and impression of drink and medicine (primarily opium) within the outdated West, which for this ebook is taken into account to be the United States west of the Mississippi from the California gold rush of the 1840s to the last of the Western Frontier in approximately 1900. this era was once the 1st time in American historical past that heavy ingesting and drug abuse turned an incredible social concern.
ingesting used to be thought of to be an accredited pursuit for males on the time. Smoking opium used to be thought of to be deviant and linked to teams at the fringes of mainstream society, yet opium use and habit by means of girls used to be ordinary. This booklet offers the historical past of either elements and the way their use unfold around the West, at the start for medicinal purposes—but how overuse and abuse ended in the Temperance flow and at last to nationwide Prohibition. This booklet experiences the old fact of alcohol and opium use within the previous West with no bias.

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