Overview: Drugs

Movie poster for "Reefer Madness."  At the top, a drawing of a woman in a skimpy dress reclines and smiles towards the viewer, with the text "Public Enemy No. 1 Women cry for it....Men will die for it! A daring theme!"  In the middle, the title of the movie, in black text on a yellow background.  At the bottom, a drawing of a man leaning over an apparently topless woman appears next to the phrase "Adults Only."

Theatrical poster for Reefer Madness (1936)–an American propaganda film espousing the dangers of using marijuana


  • Respond to the weekly readings within the context of your own perspective. (Textual Annotations)
  • Analyze the evolution of American perceptions of drug use in the 20th century by comparing a variety of texts within their historical context. (Weekly Journal Entry)