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Arming America : the origins of a national gun culture

Author: Michael A Bellesiles
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Traces the rise of America's gun culture to the mid-nineteenth century, arguing that Civil War gun manufacturing and allowing ex-soldiers to keep their weapons changed the gun from a scarce and seldom-used tool to a perceived necessity.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bellesiles, Michael A.
Arming America.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2000
(OCoLC)606444550
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael A Bellesiles
ISBN: 0375402101 9780375402104 0375701982 9780375701986
OCLC Number: 44947512
Awards: Winner 2001 Bancroft Prize (awarded each year by the trustees of Columbia University for books about diplomacy or the history of the Americas). Award rescinded in 2002 by the trustees who judged that Bellesiles had violated basic norms of scholarship in the work.
Description: 603 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: In search of guns --
ch. 1. European gun heritage --
ch. 2. Role of guns in the conquest of North America --
ch. 3. Guns in the daily life of colonial America --
ch. 4. Creation of the first American gun culture : Indians and firearms --
ch. 5. Brown Bess in the wilderness --
ch. 6. People numerous and unarmed --
ch. 7. Government promotion of gun production --
ch. 8. From indifference to disdain --
ch. 9. Creation of a gun subculture --
ch. 10. Arming of the American people.
Responsibility: Michael A. Bellesiles.
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Traces the rise of America's gun culture to the mid-nineteenth century, arguing that Civil War gun manufacturing and allowing ex-soldiers to keep their weapons changed the gun from a scarce and seldom-used tool to a perceived necessity.

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