Pestilence and Power: The Smallpox Epidemic of 1780–1782 and Intertribal Relations on the Northern Great Plains

@article{Hodge2010PestilenceAP,
  title={Pestilence and Power: The Smallpox Epidemic of 1780–1782 and Intertribal Relations on the Northern Great Plains},
  author={Adam R. Hodge},
  journal={The Historian},
  year={2010},
  volume={72},
  pages={543 - 567}
}
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  • Published 1 September 2010
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