The Great Depression, Jazz, and Harry Anslinger: The War on Drugs Before Nixon

By: Chris Calton
Historical Controversies Podcast

While the phrase “War on Drugs” was coined by the Nixon Administration, it was FDR who earned the first headlines for his “Narcotic War.”

In this episode, Chris Calton details the first arrest made for marijuana in the US, the military’s earliest attempts to control narcotics distribution, and how the FBI used drug laws to target black Jazz musicians.

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