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Angelina Velasco

Carondelet High SchoolClass of 2024Concord, California



  • "Presidential Rhetoric about the 'War on Drugs'" with mentor Andrea (Oct. 14, 2022)

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Presidential Rhetoric about the 'War on Drugs'

Started Apr. 19, 2022

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Officially coined by Richard Nixon in 1971, the “War on Drugs” was greatly expanded under the Reagan administration. Regardless of party, subsequent presidents have continued fighting this so-called ‘war’, as evidenced in their speeches. In this paper, I examine presidential speeches ranging from Reagan to Trump. In doing so, I consider how their respective rhetoric and government initiatives have targeted different types of drug use among different age groups in the U.S.