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The gunning of America : business and the making of American gun culture

Author: Pamela Haag
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Americans have always loved guns. This special bond was forged during the American Revolution and sanctified by the Second Amendment. It is because of this relationship that American civilians are more heavily armed than the citizens of any other nation. Or so we're told. In The Gunning of America, historian Pamela Haag overturns this conventional wisdom. American gun culture, she argues, developed not because the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Oliver Fisher Winchester; Sarah Pardee Winchester; Oliver Fisher Winchester; Sarah Pardee Winchester
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Pamela Haag
ISBN: 9780465048953 0465048951
OCLC Number: 921864221
Description: xxv, 496 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: "The art and mystery of a gunsmith" --
The American system --
The Crystal Palace --
"Scattering our guns" --
"More wonderful than practical" --
Model 1866 --
"Gun men" and the "Oriental lecturer" --
"Spirit guns" --
"The unhallowed trade" --
The "moral effect" of a Winchester --
Balancing the ledger --
Summer land --
The gun industry's visible hand --
Learning to love the gun --
Mystery house --
"Grotesque, yet magnificent" --
Overbuilding --
The soul of the "gun crank" --
King of Infinite Space --
The West that won the gun --
"Merchants of death."
Responsibility: Pamela Haag.

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