Letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush

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dc.contributor.author Clymer, George, 1739-1813 en_US
dc.coverage.spatial New York, New York en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-16T15:45:07Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-16T15:45:07Z
dc.date.created June 18, 1789 en_US
dc.date.issued 2009-02-16T15:45:07Z
dc.identifier.other GL0052_001 en_US
dc.identifier.other GL0052_002 en_US
dc.identifier.other GL0052_003 en_US
dc.identifier.other GL0052_004 en_US
dc.identifier.other GL0052 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2374.OX/62414
dc.description In a letter written from New York, dated June 18, 1789, to Dr. Benjamin Rush, George Clymer, a signer of the Declaration of Independence from Pennsylvania, reveals the extent to which American political leaders viewed government and its taxing authority not merely as an tool for furthering political interests, but also as an instrument of soulcraft--a means of moral betterment and character formation. To prevent the nation's republican experiment from unraveling into anarchy, many Americans were convinced that it was necessary to instill within citizens the kind of character, virtue, and moral ideals essential for self-government. Since rum and mollasses were produced by slave labor on West Indian plantations, a tax on alcohol stood out as an antislavery measure. en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Gilder Lehrman Collection en_US
dc.rights Gilder Lehrman Collection en_US
dc.rights.uri http://www.freedomcenter.org/about-us/contact-us/ en_US
dc.subject Clymer, George, 1739-1813 -- Correspondence en_US
dc.subject Social ethics en_US
dc.subject Alcohol -- Taxation en_US
dc.subject Slaves -- Emancipation -- United States en_US
dc.subject Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813 en_US
dc.title Letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush en_US
dc.type Autograph letter signed en_US
dc.publisher.digital National Underground Railroad Freedom Center en_US
dc.contributor.repository Gilder Lehrman Collection at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center en_US
dc.repository.place Cincinnati, Ohio en_US
dc.rights.permissions World en_US

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