Eugene Volokh notes it’s titled “1877: America’s Year of Living Violently.”, and notes its publisher mentioned:
1877 is also notable as the comeback book for a celebrated U.S. historian. Michael Bellesiles is perhaps most famous as the target of an infamous â€œswiftboatingâ€ campaign by the National Rifle Association, following the publication of his Bancroft Prize-winning book Arming America (Knopf, 2000) â€” â€œthe best kind of non-fiction,â€ according to the Chicago Tribune â€” which made daring claims about gun ownership in early America.
How about made false claims about guns in early America, such that his Bancroft prize wasÂ rescindedÂ once it came to light. There was no “swiftboatingÂ campaign by NRA”. Last I checked neither Clayton Cramer nor Jim Lindgren were all that cozy with NRA. To be sure, Clayton has been an active part of the RKBA movement, but he’s contributed most to the academic body of literature supporting the individual right theory, and certainly does not take orders from Fairfax.
This is already starting on a good honest footing isn’t it? No doubt his publisher would love some controversy to drum up book sales, but let’s hopeÂ knowledgeableÂ folks go over the claims in his new book with a fine tooth comb.