Armed America: The Remarkable Story of How and Why Guns Became as American as Apple Pie (Paperback)
By Clayton E. Cramer
Cramer wrote this book in response to Michael Bellesiles’ book, “Arming America: Origins of a National Gun Culture” – a book that claimed guns were uncommon in early America. Shortly after it was published, Bellesiles’ book was discredited. Cramer spent years studying the same records on colonial America and came up with the information presented in this book, which completely refutes all claims in Bellesiles’ book.
The book covers a period from the 1600s to the 1840s. It is divided into three sections: Colonial America, the Revolutionary War and the early Republic. Cramer gives exhaustive detail on what America was really like and includes an extensive bibliography on his work.
Cramer’s research shows that guns were actually common in young America; people relied on them to hunt, and they were the key to success in colonial militias. Interestingly, Cramer also finds that guns became a symbol of citizenship and were connected with the defense of political rights.
About the Author
Clayton E. Cramer has an M.A. in history from Sonoma State University and has taught history at Boise State University and George Fox University (Boise branch). A writer whose work has been published in the San Jose Mercury News, National Review and the American Rifleman, he has published several academic books on history and firearms, including "For the Defense of Themselves and the State" and "Black Demographic Data, 1790-1860." He also writes a monthly column for Shotgun News. ( From Nelson Ministry Services).
•Paperback: 320 pages
•Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 25, 2009)
•Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
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