Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture

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Soft Skull Press, 2003 - History - 604 pages
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Americans have always staunchly, sometimes bloodily, defended their right to bear arms, but does the historical record bear out this right? Michael Bellesiles, in a meticulous study of the issue that draws extensively on archival material and original sources, says no. He traces "gun fever" to its European origins, documents the rarity of firearms in early America, covers technological advances, and details the strange series of developments during the Civil War that helped make the gun an integral and deadly fixture in modern American life. This revised and updated edition offers new research addressing critics' legitimate concerns, showing that the underlying thesis of the book remains as solid -- and timely -- as ever.

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

To be honest, I mostly read this book because of the controversy surrounding it, to see what all the furor was about. It was, as often is the case, a tempest in a teapot. The book is meticulously ... Read full review

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A disgrace to academia. Mr. Bellesiles was fired and discredited for this work. Mr. Bellesiles is an American hater who refuses to leave this country. His tome adds nothing to the gun control debate ... Read full review

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Michael A. Bellesiles is Associate Professor of History at Emory University & Director of Emory's Center for the Study of Violence. He is the author of "Revolutionary Outlaws: Ethan Allen & the Struggle for Independence on the Early American Frontier," & of numerous articles & reviews. He lives in Atlanta.

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