CONTENT WARNING - The following episode discusses mature themes, including murder, suicide, illicit drug use, child sex abuse and domestic violence. Listener discretion is advised.
In the second installment of America's War on Drugs, drug czar Harry Anslinger continues his reign from the 1930s through the early 1960s. During his 32 years as commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, he campaigned against not only about cannabis, but also against narcotics and opiates. Jaye discusses Anslinger's reach and impact - including on the medical profession and global drug policies, and how he used mainstream society's fears of racial equality and communism to advance his vision of an anti-drug world.
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Source Texts and Links:
Hari, Johann. 2016. Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs. New York: Bloomsbury.
Williams, Henry Smith. 1938. Drug Addicts are Human Beings: The Story of Our Billion-Dollar Drug Racket. Washington, DC: Shaw Publishing Co.
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