Addiction, History and Historians: David Courtwright replies

Editor’s Note:  We’ve been very pleased to post a series of responses to David’s Courtwright’s essay on addiction, history and historians.  Now that Nancy Campbell, Alex Mold, Daniel Bradburd, and Samuel Roberts have all had their say, it seems fitting for David Courtwright to offer a brief reply to their thoughtful responses.  For Points readersContinue reading “Addiction, History and Historians: David Courtwright replies”

Addiction, History and Historians: Samuel Roberts’ Response

Editor’s Note: Today, we present the final set of reflections in our Points symposium on addiction, history and historians.  Last week’s reflections on David Courtwright’s essay included thoughtful posts by Nancy Campbell, Alex Mold, and Daniel Bradburd.  Our final essay comes from Samuel Roberts, Associate Professor of History at Columbia University, and Associate Professor ofContinue reading “Addiction, History and Historians: Samuel Roberts’ Response”

Addiction, History and Historians: Daniel Bradburd’s Response

Editor’s Note: Our symposium on addiction, history and historians continues today, with a response to David Courtwright from Prof. Daniel Bradburd.  If you’re just catching up with our series, start with David’s essay first.  Readers may also wish to review the previous responses to the essay in this series, from Nancy Campbell and Alex Mold. Continue reading “Addiction, History and Historians: Daniel Bradburd’s Response”

Addiction, History and Historians: Alex Mold’s Response

Editor’s Note: Our roundtable on addiction, history and historians continues with a commentary on David Courtwright’s essay from Dr. Alex Mold.  Alex is currently Lecturer in History at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where she has been since 2004.  She received her PhD in Modern History from the University of Birmingham, andContinue reading “Addiction, History and Historians: Alex Mold’s Response”

Addiction, History and Historians: Nancy Campbell’s Response

Editor’s Note: This week, Points offers readers a series of responses to David Courtwright’s reflections on history, historians, and addiction.  Today’s first entry comes from Nancy Campbell, a Points Contributing Editor.     David Courtwright’s prose sparkles with wit and insight. The current stakes in the ongoing conversation between addiction researchers and historians of addiction are high. AsContinue reading “Addiction, History and Historians: Nancy Campbell’s Response”

Addiction, History and Historians: A Symposium

This month, the journal Addiction published an essay by David Courtwright, “Addiction and the Science of History.”  For readers unfamiliar with the journal, Addiction is one of the oldest and most influential interdisciplinary journals focusing on issues related to substance abuse and addiction. Recently, the journal has begun a series called “Addiction and Its Sciences,” in whichContinue reading “Addiction, History and Historians: A Symposium”

Lessons from The Narcotic Farm, Part One

Editor’s Note: Today, Points begins a series of reflections on the Lexington Narcotic Hospital, from Luke Walden, JP Olsen, and Nancy Campbell.  Walden is a documentary filmmaker, Olsen a journalist (and documentarian), and Campbell a historian (and Contributing Editor to Points).  Olsen brought Walden into the development of his film, The Narcotic Farm, and along theContinue reading “Lessons from The Narcotic Farm, Part One”

The Points Interview: Chris Bennett

For the twenty-first Points Interview, we’re venturing down the road less traveled.  Today’s installment features Chris Bennett’s Cannabis and the Soma Solution (Trine Day, 2010).  In the very first line of the book, Chris makes a sensible observation: “Generally, when discussing the role of cannabis in history, most people’s minds go back to the earlyContinue reading “The Points Interview: Chris Bennett”

When Drugs Were Legal in Mexico

We’re pleased to bring Points readers this short historical piece from Froylan Enciso, journalist and doctoral candidate in the Department of History, SUNY-Stony Brook, where he is working on a dissertation that explores the history of drugs in Sinaloa.    A native of Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Froy Enciso previously studied international relations at El Colegio de México (1998-2002).  He’sContinue reading “When Drugs Were Legal in Mexico”

The Points Interview: Marni Davis

Today’s “Points Interview” features Marni Davis, author of Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition.  Marni Davis is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Georgia State University.  Jews and Booze, the twentieth installment in the interview series, features a fantastic cover design (see below) and some really interestingContinue reading “The Points Interview: Marni Davis”

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