Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow
Litwack, Leon F. (1998)
New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
Description: Hardcover, xxii + 599 pages.
Contents: Preface, acknowledgments, 8 chapters, epilogue, notes, selected bibliography, index. An 8-page insert of photographs follows page 136.
Excerpt(s): Few found any reason to place their faith in a political system that denied them a voice, in a work ethic that denied them the rewards of their labor, or in the laws and courts that denied them a semblance of justice. Since they felt powerless to change society, they would do whatever they could to heighten their own lives, to savor every kind of personal experience. Cocaine and opium could induce religious experiences few preachers could even envision, provide a kind of instant liberation. That blacks should be attracted to narcotics did not surprise a New Orleans newspaper: "To them cocaine is a merciful friend," it observed only two weeks after the Robert Charles disturbance, "and little wonder it is that they will go to any length or make any sacrifice that will enable them to enjoy a few hours of forgetfulness"; cocaine was capable of making "unhappy victims of misfortune feel momentarily youthful and strong, spreading a "golden cloud over a wretched past and hopeless future" and evoking "visions of wealth, contentment and happiness." (pages 434-435)
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