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In this letter, Superintendent of Indian Affairs William Clark (of Lewis and Clark fame) informed his superior, Secretary of War John Eaton, of the problems associated with traders' selling of liquor to the Indians relocated in Kansas. Hard liquors such as whiskey were permitted in Indian country for the use of white traders and boatmen; however, apparently this privilege had been abused and Clark feared the effect that alcohol consumption would have on the Indian tribes in the territory.

Creator: Clark, William, 1770-1838
Date: September 22, 1830

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This source presents some of the negative effects of liquor consumption, including how this was damaging to native tribes recently relocated to Kansas. Because the source is three pages long, it could be broken up into sections to facilitate a more focused classroom discussion.

KS:7th:1.4:Indian Removal (2005)

Item Number: 210048
Call Number: William Clark Papers Coll. #741, Records of the Superintendent of Indian Affairs Vol. 4
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210048

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