Review: The Rossi Murder and the Unwritten Law in 1916’s Wallace, Idaho

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post is by Katherine Aiken, a professor emerita of history at the University of Idaho with an emphasis in social and cultural history, women, and labor. She is the author of Idaho’s Bunker Hill: The Rise and Fall of a Great Mining Company, 1885-1981 The combination of a salacious adultery story; a …

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The Points Interview: Michael Lewis

Editor’s Note: Today’s interview is with Dr. Michael Lewis, author of the new book, The Coming of Southern Prohibition (out now from LSU Press). He is an assistant professor of sociology at Christopher Newport University. Contact Dr. Lewis at mlewis@cnu.edu.  Describe your book in terms your bartender could understand. The Coming of Southern Prohibition is a …

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Friday Reads, Vol. 3

Editor’s Introduction: Because we here at Points believe that an understanding of the past is best supplemented with an eye toward the present (and the future), we offer up this weekly selection of long-form pieces on drug- and alcohol-related issues. This past week, the British Isles have been abuzz with discussion about how best to deal with the …

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Victorian Woman on Drugs, Part 3: Visual Representations

Points is pleased to present the third installment of guest blogger Kristina Aikens’  four-part series on women’s drug use in Victorian England. Today, Kristina looks at – among other things – visual representations of women’s drug use and the male gaze. In my last post, I looked at autobiographical writing by women that reveals some …

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Victorian Women on Drugs, Part 1: Queen Victoria

We here at Points are very excited to present the first installment of guest blogger Kristina Aikens’ four-part series. Kristina received her PhD in English from Tufts University in 2008, producing the thesis “A Pharmacy of Her Own: Victorian Women and the Figure of the Opiate.” Since then, she has been published under a variety …

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Victorian Women on Drugs, Part 4: The Female Addicts of Deadwood

Today, Points presents the final installment of guest blogger Kristina Aikens’ four-part series on Victorian women and drugs. Today, Kristina looks at the constructed reality of drug use in the HBO series Deadwood. For my last blog post, I turn from texts actually from the nineteenth century to a story created in the twenty-first century but …

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Victorian Women on Drugs, Part 2: Female Writers

Points is pleased to present the second installment of guest blogger Kristina Aikens’  four-part series on women’s drug use in Victorian England today. Today, we learn about the (professed) drug use of Victorian-era women writers. In her autobiography Twenty Years at Hull-House, American social reformer Jane Addams recalled an episode from her teenage years in …

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