Armed America by Clayton Cramer

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"For many Americans, guns seem to be a fundamental part of the American experience―and always have been."

Grand in scope, rigorous in research, and elegant in presenting the formative years of our country, Armed America traces the winding historical trail of United States citizens' passion for firearms. Author and historial Clayton E. Cramer goes back to the source, unearthing first-hand accounts from the colonial times, through the Revolutionary War period, and into the early years of the American Republic.

In Armed America, Cramer depicts a budding nation dependent on its firearms not only for food and protection, but also for recreation and enjoyment. Through newspaper clippings, official documents, and personal diaries, he shows that recent grandiose theories claiming that guns were scarce in early America are shaky at best, and downright false at worst. Above all, Cramer allows readers a priceless glimpse of a country literally fighting for its identity.

For those who think that our citizens' attraction to firearms is a recent phenomenon, it's time to think again. Armed America proves that the right to bear arms is as American as apple pie.


About Clayton Cramer

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CLAYTON E. CRAMER works as a software engineer for a Northern California telecommunications equipment manufacturer. He has published extensively in the areas of American history and criminology. His previous publications include "Black Demographic Data, 1790-1860" (Greenwood, 1997) and "For the Defense of Themselves and the State: The Original Intent and Judicial Interpretation of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms" (Praeger, 1994).
Published January 16, 2007 by Thomas Nelson. 320 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Cramer, an adjunct lecturer in history at Boise State University and George Fox University, took on Michael Bellesiles even before his book Arming America was di

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