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To: Free ThinkerNY

Some here may remember this history book.

Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000) by Michael A. Bellesiles is the only book in the history of the prestigious Bancroft Prize to have had its award rescinded. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arming_America

Also this 56 page downloadable paper on it.
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=692421&http://papers.ssrn.com


12 posted on 08/10/2012 1:45:07 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors,,, where the GOP goes for it's "conservative" Presidential candidates.)
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To: ansel12

I remember when that whole mess blew up. As I recall, that wasn’t so much a case of plagiarism as of outright fabrication of cited data (the “probate records” that he suddenly couldn’t account for, and that nobody else could find or cite parallel examples).

Best part was that he wasn’t brought down by the NRA or other “likely sources”...he was exposed by his fellow historians!


21 posted on 08/10/2012 2:25:13 PM PDT by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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