New PDF release: Alcohol and Opium in the Old West: Use, Abuse and Influence

By Jeremy Agnew

This publication explores the position and impact of drink and medication (primarily opium) within the previous West, which for this booklet is taken into account to be the United States west of the Mississippi from the California gold rush of the 1840s to the remaining of the Western Frontier in approximately 1900. this era used to be the 1st time in American historical past that heavy ingesting and drug abuse grew to become 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 ladies used to be normal. This publication provides the history of either components and the way their use unfold around the West, at the start for medicinal purposes—but how overuse and abuse resulted in the Temperance circulation and at last to nationwide Prohibition. This e-book reviews the historic fact of alcohol and opium use within the previous West with no bias.

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