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Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture

by Bellesiles, Michael A.
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Retail Price: $30.00
Issue: Summer 2001
ISBN: 0375402101

"The Civil War transformed the gun from a tool into a perceived necessity," historian Michl A. Bellesiles writes in this controversial account of firearms in America from the colonial period to the Civil War. "The war preserved the Union," he concludes, "unifying the nation around a single icon: the gun."

review of Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture, by Bellesiles, Michael A., Civil War Book Review, (Summer 2001).