American Dope explores how the Government itself created and controls the illegal drug business. Season 1 covers Heroin during the Cold War, how LSD was used as a tool of social control by the CIA, and the way Urban Black America was destroyed by crime at the hands of Government protected kingpins.
Season 1 covers the integral role of the U.S. Government, especially the Central Intelligence Agency, in the origin of the illegal drug culture and its impact on American society.
Chapter 1: “Cold War, Heroin Heat” tells a tale of corruption stretching from 1920's Shanghai through the Vietnam War and onto the streets of New York circa 1970. In the quest to fight Communism, even before the Cold War began, the U.S. Government allowed Asian and European criminal syndicates to ravage the American population with Heroin in exchange for supporting Capitalism- no matter what the cost. While the Cold War left few dead bodies on American streets, Heroin's victims number in the millions; ranging from Laotian tribesman to Sicilian peasants and African-Americans.
Chapter 2: “Acid Dreams”
As the 1950’s dawned, something strange was happening under the surface of America. All across the country- from Harvard to Hollywood- people were taking LSD; sometimes they knew they were taking it, but sometimes they did not.
This is the tale of LSD, MK-Ultra, Timothy Leary, and the rise and fall of the American Counterculture. Learn how a would be Government mind control program turned into a drug epidemic that included everyone from Messianic college students to the murderous Hell's Angels biker gang, causing millions of young people to “tune-in, turn-on, and drop out”.
Chapter 3: “White Powder, Black Power”
White Powder, Black Power is the story of how the illegal drug economy was the first truly significant capital building tool for African Americans.Like the Italian, Irish, and Jewish, families that made their fortune during Prohibition- including the Crooked Kennedy’s- a handful of Black Gangsters and their families went from rags to riches seemingly overnight. But it was a wild and violent ride, coinciding with high tide for the Civil Rights movement. The Superflys and Kingpins were often at odds with Pro-Black militant movements, and often in league with corrupt white law enforcement, with more money and more murders than even the Prohibition Gangster era- and with long-lasting consequences that haunt our urban landscapes to this day.
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