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Richard Nixon's Drug War: Politics over Pragmatism

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Title: Richard Nixon's Drug War: Politics over Pragmatism
Author: Carlton, Edmund
Advisor: Krippner, James
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of History
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: This thesis is an historical observation Richard Nixon's role as the instigator of America's Drug War. This Drug War is a war fought both against international drug smugglers and America's own citizens. This thesis will summarize some major trends of the politicization of the drug issue and give an in-depth analysis of how race played a role in both winning Richard Nixon the presidency in 1968 as well as how that victory has inflected itself back on to the American race dynamic. This thesis will utilize the substantial wealth of academic publications on the subject and will serve as a survey of sorts of the major drug politic academia discussing the years 1967-1972. I will also be utilizing films from this era in order to illustrate the social and race dynamic that were being negotiated in post-Civil Rights Act America. This thesis will utilize two primary documents from Richard Nixon, a Reader's Digest article from October, 1967, and a pivotal message to Congress given on July 14th, 1969 which accompanied the proposal of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act which was passed a year later in 1970.
Subject: United States -- Politics and government -- 1969-1974
Subject: Drug control -- United States -- 20th century
Subject: Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
Subject: United States -- Race relations -- 20th century
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