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By Jeremy Agnew

This ebook explores the position and impression of drink and medicine (primarily opium) within the previous West, which for this ebook is taken into account to be the USA west of the Mississippi from the California gold rush of the 1840s to the ultimate of the Western Frontier in approximately 1900. this era used to be the 1st time in American historical past that heavy consuming and drug abuse turned an immense social concern.
consuming was once thought of to be an approved pursuit for males on the time. Smoking opium was once thought of to be deviant and linked to teams at the fringes of mainstream society, yet opium use and dependancy via girls was once regular. This booklet offers the heritage of either components and the way their use unfold around the West, first and foremost for medicinal purposes—but how overuse and abuse resulted in the Temperance circulate and finally to nationwide Prohibition. This e-book reviews the historic fact of alcohol and opium use within the previous West with out bias.

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