"those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government
which is the true ruling power of our country.
Our minds are molded, our tastes are formed,
largely by men we have never heard of."
in "Propaganda" 1928
1910 On Opium
"one of the most unfortunate phases of smoking
opium in this country is the large number of women
who have become involved and were living as common
law wives or cohabitating with Chinese in the Chinatowns
of our various cities."
Dr. Hamilton Wright
America's first drug czar appointed
by Roosevelt and instigator
of US anti-narcotics laws,
said before Congress
1909 On Cocaine
"It has been authoritatively stated that
cocaine is often the direct incentive to the crime of rape by
the Negroes of the South and other sections of the country."
Dr. Hamilton Wright
throws another warning on cocaine to the Congress
in the Report on International Opium Commission
1937 On Marijuana
"I wish I could show you what a small marijuana cigarette
can do to one of our degenerate Spanish speaking residents.
That's why our problem is so great;
the greatest percentage of our population is composed of Spanish speaking Persons,
most of whom are low mentality because of social and racial conditions."
in testifying in support of the
Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, presented
a letter from a Colorado Newspaper editor
1014 On Alcohol
"Liquor will actually make a brute out of a Negro,
causing him to commit unnatural crimes.
The effect is the same on the white man,
though the white man being further evolved it takes a longer time
to reduce him to the same level."
Congressman Richmond P. Hobson
in defense of his resolution for
an alcohol prohibition amendment
1909 On Coffee
"The sufferer is tremulous,
and loses his self-command;
he is subject to fits of agitation and depression;
he loses his color and has a haggard appearance.
The appetite falls off,
and symptom of gastric catarrh may be manifested.
The heart also suffers;
it palpitates, or it intermits.
As with other such agents,
a renewed dose of the poison gives temporary relief,
but at the cost of future misery."
Dr. Walter Dixon,
at Kings College in London,
in his statement circulated
to garner support for the prohibition of coffee
1924 On Tobacco
"The juvenile female flower of the nation,
the 'Emancipata femans vulgaris'
(Lewin's term for the feminists of his day)
who should bear fruit in time to come...
frequently fails to do so because the foolish consumption of cigarettes
has impregnated the sexual organs with smoke and nicotine and keeps
them in a state of irritation and inflammation."
emminent German authority
on pharmacology and
toxicology and author of Phantastica,
wrote in one of his anti-tobacco publications
Read more about pohibitionist propaganda in Themes in Chemical Prohibition