The Forgotten Drug War: Dorothy Sullivan, Informant (Chicago, 1941)

“There was not the least sign of social disorder in 1942” —Daniel Patrick Moynihan, speaking at the 100 Years of Heroin Conference, Yale University, 1998 Dorothy Sullivan was an informant for the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. On Tuesday, January 22, 1942, she was scheduled to testify in federal court in supportContinue reading “The Forgotten Drug War: Dorothy Sullivan, Informant (Chicago, 1941)”

The Forgotten Drug War: Unknown Malaria Victim (New Orleans, 1932)

“The real war will never get in the books”–Walt Whitman, 1875 On October 31, 1932, Charity Hospital in New Orleans admitted a comatose man, diagnosed with malaria and thought to be an opiate addict. The patient deserted the hospital after being revived. Two days later, he was once again brought to Charity hospital, again inContinue reading “The Forgotten Drug War: Unknown Malaria Victim (New Orleans, 1932)”

The Forgotten Drug War: Christobal Silvas Sierra (Los Angeles, 1929)

“The Real War Will Never Get in the Books”—Walt Whitman, 1875   As 1929’s Fourth of July celebrations wound down in Los Angeles, a teenager named Christobal Silvas Sierra—Christo, to his friends—law dying. No one saw him die in the darkness. But for an unusual sequence of events, we would not know how he hadContinue reading “The Forgotten Drug War: Christobal Silvas Sierra (Los Angeles, 1929)”

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