Join historian Cathy Polovina as she follows her curiosity and explores "Old Weird America," to look a bit closer at a variety of adventurous, innovative, and unusual characters throughout American history.
The Keepers of American Morals:The Destructive Campaigns of Anthony Comstock and Harry Anslinger
These are two names you may not know– but between them, America suffered under their regressive and punitive vice laws–particularly against birth control and marijuana– for over 100 years. This month, Old Weird America scratches the surface of these laws to reveal the virulent sexism and racisms behind them and the tolerance of such attitudes by legislators. It’s more entertaining than you might think!