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Historic Newton Presents: Black Tiger: The Opium Trade 1700-1900

This talk by Frederic Delano Grant Jr. examines the legality, morality, economics and some lessons to be drawn from the international opium trade, 1700-1900. Follow the drug from major centers of production to places where it was consumed in the West and in Asia for recreational as well as for medicinal purposes. Also learn about the controversial opium storeships moored near Canton, key to the illegal distribution. Meet colorful personalities in the trade, including some with ties to Newton. This history provides background for understanding today’s opioid crisis. Part of the Newton History Series.


Programming on Comcast Ch. 9, RCN Ch. 13, Verizon Ch. 33

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