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Opium and the American West

In the mid-1800s, the moral system of American’s genteel classes revolved around Victorian ideology. Many Chinese moved to California in search of gold, bringing smoking opium with them. Soon the Victorians clashed with the Chinese, demanding opium dens be closed to protect the ladies and even the prostitutes who frequented the establishments. Demands to abolish the dens led to laws against the narcotic and the Chinese in attempts to save the nation from certain destruction.


Diana Ahmad, Ph.D.

Diana Ahmad, Ph.D.

Dr. Diana Ahmad is a Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of American history at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. She specializes in the history of the American West, especially drugs and sex, as well as animals on the Overland ... read more

Date: Tue, Feb 15, 2022

Delivery Method: Live Online

Time: 12:30-1:45pm CT

Platform: Zoom

Instructor: Diana Ahmad Ph.D.

Fee: $10

Program Number: SPRI:308

Registration opens Tue, Jan 11, 2022.

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