An American History


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Box Brown


In 1518, during his violent colonial campaign, Cortés introduces hemp farming to Mexico. In secret, locals begin cultivating the plant for consumption. 

Cannabis makes its way to the United States by means of the immigrant labour force. Once the plant has been shared with black labourers in the USA, it doesn’t take long for American lawmakers to decry cannabis as the vice of “inferior races”. 

Enter an era of propaganda designed to whip up fear amongst the public. Dishonest and discriminatory campaigns, spearheaded by legislators and the press, spread vicious lies about a plant that has been used by humanity for thousands of years. The result: cannabis is given a schedule 1 classification, alongside heroin.

In this entertaining and expertly crafted graphic novel, Box Brown offers a rich, persuasive and eye-opening guide to the complex and troubled history of weed in America.

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Weight 588 g
Dimensions 15.4 x 21.7 cm
Publisher name Self Made Hero
Publication date 1 June 2019
Number of pages 256
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Text by Box Brown
Dimensions 15.4 x 21.7 cm
Weight 588 g


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Box Brown is an Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist, illustrator and comics publisher from Philadelphia. His book Andre the Giant: Life and Legend was released in 2014 and spent three weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list. He is also the author of the graphic novels Tetris: The Games We Play, Andre the Giant: Life and Legend and Is This Guy For Real?, a biography of Andy Kaufman. He launched the independent comics publishing house Retrofit Comics in 2011.