Help us understand the crack epidemic of the 80s and 90s.
October 12, 2010 11:51 AM Subscribe
My son is doing research on the crack epidemic of the 80s and 90s and we're having trouble locating source material.
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He is focusing on the following questions:
1: What historical factors and components ultimately led to the epidemic?
2: How did the epidemic affect the upper and middle classes in the city (this would mostly relate to rising crime making certain places dangerous, and breeding discrimination towards the poor)?
3: How did the epidemic affect the poorest classes in the city (in addition to the immediate effects of addiction, this would also relate to how it affected the culture of people living in housing projects).
4: How did racial inequality play a part in the epidemic?
5: Who stood up to fight the problem and how was it addressed?
6: Where do we stand today (the legacy of the epidemic, and where we stand with drug abuse and poverty)?
He would like to find both online and printed sources to use in his research but is having trouble coming up with much that is useful. Do any of you have suggestions of sources or have other ideas for materials to use in his research (or of particular techniques to find such material)?