Michael Bellesiles’ Comeback

Michael Bellesiles' new book 1877: America's Year of Living Violently, is coming out next week. For those of you who don't know or remember, in 2001-02, Bellesiles was accused of scholarly dishonesty and falsifying data in his award-winning book Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture. Arming America's critical argument was that widespread gun ownership was … Continue reading Michael Bellesiles’ Comeback

Award-Winning Jacksonian Books

While writing two historiographical essays on the Jackson period recently, I was struck by the number of those books that had won major literary prizes. To illustrate the recognition given to the period's scholarship, below is a list of major awards bestowed on Jacksonian-era books. Pulitzer Prizes in Biography or Autobiography: 2009: American Lion: Andrew … Continue reading Award-Winning Jacksonian Books