Firewater by Hugh DempseyFirewater by Hugh Dempsey

Firewater

byHugh Dempsey

Paperback | September 10, 2002

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Between 1870 and 1875, hundreds of Blackfoot Indians died as a result of the whisky trade, either killed in drunken quarrels, shot by whisky traders, frozen to death while drunk, or from the poisonous effects of the whisky itself. Chiefs lost their authority, people traded everything they owned, and entire communities were decimated.

At first, alcohol was only available during visits to the Hudson's Bay or North West Company trading posts, but when Montana traders began to pour unlimited supplies of whisky into Blackfoot camps in exchange for buffalo robes, the Blackfoot were swept into a malestrom of alcohol, violence, and death.

Historian Hugh Dempsey offers a comprehensive and highly readable look at the people and history of the trade, the impact on Native peoples, and its effect on US-Canada relations. He includes new research and a thoughtful exploration of the events and circumstances that brought a proud people to their knees.

Hugh Aylmer Dempseyis a Canadian historian, an author and the Chief Curator Emeritus of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta. Dempsey has authored more than 20 books, focusing primarily on the history of people of the Blackfoot Confederacy. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary and was made an honorary chie...
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Title:FirewaterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.9 × 6.22 × 0.67 inPublished:September 10, 2002Publisher:Fifth House BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1894004965

ISBN - 13:9781894004961

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