Talk:Harry J. Anslinger

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Content dispute[edit]

There seems to be some dispute about the content of this article. I would ask all interested editors to provide verifiable, reliable sources so that we can establish accurate quotes. Posting quotes believed inaccurate by some, or removing quotes believed accurate by others, is not vandalism if it is done in good faith. But repeated additions and removals without content discussions on the talk page are considered bad-faith editing and may result in temporary blocks. I have started the attempt to source Anslinger quotes by adding a link to an unfortunately undated transcription of a Congressional hearing, which happens not to include the current sole quote. But I ask everyone to work on establishing these and better sources to help resolve these disputes. Please note that any old website is not necessarily a reliable source. (Please review the "reliable sources" link above for more information.) Thank you all for cooperation. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 09:42, 22 March 2006 (UTC)[reply]

I do Believe this might have been mis quoted also[edit]

Greetings, I also do Believe this might have been mis-quoted. I think it might have been taken from a Memo between Colonel George Hunter White and H.J. Anslinger. I do recall reading a memo or some sort of Treasury Dept. Correspondance between the two of them Or there might have been a third party who was C.C.'d... I'll have to go back through what I have to determine who had actually said the quote... And it's a lot. Yes I am the last Surviving White... Colonel George H. White was my Uncle as I knew him back when I was 4 or 5 years old I will get back to you about this when I can.

12/21/07 I cannot find the original quote. But for all intense and purpose it does look like it came from a letter between Dr. Sydney Gottlieb Chief the Mk-Ultra program. Nobody seems to be able to produce that document. But all of the witnesses I have interviewed have all agreed that White's quote came from that letter to Gottlieb. Not to Anslinger. I apologize for any inconvenience that this might have produced.

Regards, William White



I was wondering whteher you could forward me some of your contact detials as I am doing my dissertation on Aslingers crusade against drugs. Thanks,

I am also looking for Anslinger quotes at:


This page has working links to source texts:

"Hispanics" highly unlikely to be an accurate quote[edit]

The word "Hispanic" was not used to describe persons of Latin American descent in the 1930s. The word "Hispanic" was used purely as an adjective at the time, as in "Hispanic Islands." The variation "Hispanist" existed, but was not widely used. It was first used as a noun in the late 1960s by Department of Health official Grace Flores-Hughes. ( A Government official in the 1930s would have used the term "Latin" or "Mexican," which makes it highly unlikely that this statement attributed to Anslinger was actually uttered by him.

There is no primary source given for this quote in the article -- all the citations are for secondary sources, none of which attribute the original source -- another suggestion that the quote may well be fabricated. The comment is often attributed to Anslinger's Congressional testimony in 1937, but it appears nowhere in the actual transcript of that testimony.

Agreed - I've reclassified it as Disputed, given the absence of verifiable citations. Gordonofcartoon (talk) 17:50, 30 August 2014 (UTC)[reply]

More sources[edit]

Harry J. Anslinger. Schaffer Library of Drug Policy.

--Timeshifter (talk) 04:41, 9 January 2018 (UTC)[reply]