Drug Cultures in America Research Paper by Jay Writtings LLC

Drug Cultures in America
Looks at the history of drug cultures in America from the peyote of the Native Americans to the present day drug-free straight-edge movement of the new the millennium.
# 120128 | 5,670 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 04, 2010 in Psychology (Alcohol and Drugs) , History (General) , Sociology (Multiculturalism)

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This paper explains that the history of American society is steeped in the use of narcotics, hallucinogens, amphetamines and opiates that, for better or worse, has created various subcultures within America. From the gray curls of marijuana smoke wrapped languidly around the corners of hip smirks in the Beat Generation to the flamboyant rainbow of candy necklaces and neon lasers of Generation X ravers, the author describes these drug subcultures that have been as varied as any American demographic. The paper reveals that the eccentric lifestyle of these drug subcultures also created its own politics, art, literature and especially music, which became famous within the whole of American.

From the Paper:

"America's first true culture that was heavily influenced by drug use was in fact, not even American at all. The immigrant Chinese laborers who came to the western shored of California to build railroads, brought with them opium, an exotic and alluring substance that soon took root in American society. The drug is made from harvested and cured poppy seeds, and chemists would later discover its use in creating heroin and morphine, but, in the late 1800s, it was most commonly smoked for the euphoric, dizzying sensation that it produced."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Schultes, Richard, & Hoffman, Albert. "The Tracks of the Little Deer." The Plants of the Gods. Healing Arts Press. Vermont. 1992. Peyote.org. 10 Jan. 2006. Online.
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  • Cassidy, Norman. "Marijuana." 2006. Bookrags. 28 Jan. 2006.<http://Bookrags.com/sciences/sciencehistory/marijuana.htm>.
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  • Nicholson, Virginia. Among the Bohemians. New York. Harper Collins. 2002Torgoff, Martin. Can't Find My Way Home. New York. Simon & Schuster. 2004.

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