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A Century of Drug Use – AHA2021 Panel Presentation on 4/20

Updated: Aug 13, 2023

The annual meeting of the American Historical Association, to be held in Seattle, was called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As part of this year’s replacement online virtual AHA2021 conference, four drug historians, including Points Contributing Editor Bob Beach, will be presenting their research about drug users in modern history on Tuesday, April 20, at 1:00PM EST. The panel is titled, “A Century of American Drug Use: Psychoactive Drugs Among Native Americans, Hippies, and the Working Poor.”

Virtual AHA Panel

The online panel is free to attend, but advanced registration is required. Please click this link to register and you’ll receive instant confirmation.

The four presentations will be:

  1. Cole Hale, Georgia State University: “Drug (M)use: Drugs as a Means of Inspiration from 19th Century Europe to 1960s America;”

  2. Lila Teeters, University of New Hampshire, Durham: “‘Better Citizens’: Peyote Use and the Fight over Native American US Citizenship, c. 1918;”

  3. Bob Beach, State University of New York, Albany: “This Modern Treat, Makes Life Complete: Cannabis Intoxication, and the Agency of the Working Poor in American Cities, 1920–60;”

  4. John Moretta, Houston Community College: “From LSD to Opioids: The Long Reach of the 1960s Hip Drug Culture.”

Be sure to help us spread the word about this engaging panel presentation, and we hope to (virtually) see everyone on 4/20!

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