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By Jeremy Agnew

This e-book explores the position and impression of drink and medication (primarily opium) within the previous 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 final of the Western Frontier in approximately 1900. this era used to be the 1st time in American heritage that heavy consuming and drug abuse grew to become an immense social concern.
ingesting was once thought of to be an authorized 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 dependancy through ladies used to be general. This e-book provides the heritage of either components and the way their use unfold around the West, in the beginning for medicinal purposes—but how overuse and abuse ended in the Temperance move and finally to nationwide Prohibition. This booklet reviews the historic truth of alcohol and opium use within the previous West with out bias.

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