Keywords

drug prohibition, United States history, racial minorities, ethnic minorities, economic structure

Abstract

This paper explores the origins of drug prohibition in the United States from a structural perspective. The primary locus ,son how certain economic conditions in U.S. history influenced attitudes toward racial and ethnic minorities during the 1800s and early 1900s. and indirectly affected the passage or prohibitory drug laws. The economic structure continues to Influence the current illegal drug market. Moreover, some consequences of legal and illegal drug use identify the impact of the economic structure on drug prohibition.

Original Publication Citation

Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology 18(2): 127-138

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

1990

Publisher

Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

Included in

Sociology Commons

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