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Posted: 10/3/2001 7:08:11 AM EDT
University asks historian to defend his research on gun ownership book http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/276/living/University_asks_historian_to_defend_his_research_on_gun_ownership_book+.shtml By David Mehegan, Globe Staff, 10/3/2001 mory University historian Michael A. Bellesiles, author of a controversial book on gun ownership in early America, has been asked by his department to write a detailed defense of his research for the book. The 2000 book, ''Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture,'' won the prestigious Bancroft Prize for history, but a story last month in the Globe appeared to confirm a pattern of questionable research claims. ''What is important is that he defend himself and the integrity of his scholarship immediately,'' said James Melton, Emory history department chairman. ''Depending upon his reponse, the university will respond appropriately.'' Melton added, ''If there is prima facie evidence of scholarly misconduct, the university has to conduct a thorough investigation. Whether it be a purely internal inquiry, or the university brings in distinguished scholars in the field, will depend on how Michael responds. It is important that he be accorded due process.'' Bellesiles's book argued that few Americans had owned guns in early America, and that more than half of those that were owned were old or broken. The book set off a storm of protest by gun-owner organizations, but independent scholars also raised serious questions about the veracity of Bellesiles's research. The Globe story confirmed allegations that San Francisco probate records, which Bellesiles had cited in his book as one of his sources, had been destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire. It also confirmed that an article by Bellesiles on his Web site, defending his work, misstated the contents of some 18th-century Vermont probate records. Melton, in a telephone interview yesterday, said, ''I advised him that he needed to find a public professional forum where he would give a full and complete response to the allegations against him.'' Melton's letter to Bellesiles asked for ''a detailed point by point response.'' Bellesiles, responding by e-mail to a request for comment by the Globe, confirmed he will write a response in the quarterly newsletter of the Organization of American Historians. He wrote, ''I am trying to treat errors in an honest, scholarly, and non-confrontational form.'' David Mehegan can be reached by e-mail at d-mehegan@globe.com. This story ran on page C5 of the Boston Globe on 10/3/2001. © Copyright 2001 Globe Newspaper Company.
Link Posted: 10/3/2001 7:12:07 AM EDT
May his career end appropriately!!!
Link Posted: 10/3/2001 7:41:05 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/3/2001 7:44:24 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Paul: Even if this book is proven to be based on made up research that won't stop the television networks from quoting it for the next 50 years.
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Now, now. Our national media wouldn't do that would they? [;)]
Link Posted: 10/3/2001 7:56:32 AM EDT
I want to see a Bellesisle vs. John Lott in a cage match! [;D]
Link Posted: 10/3/2001 9:33:03 AM EDT
It couldn't happen to a better "scholar." Now, now, you know it would be nasty. I don't think Mr. Lott would want to have a battle of wits with an unarmed man. [:D] It would be so ugly it would never be shown on TV.
Link Posted: 10/3/2001 9:37:46 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/3/2001 10:47:24 AM EDT by garandman]
Being IN deep doo-doo is only appropriate for someone so FULL OF CRAP.
Link Posted: 10/3/2001 10:45:44 AM EDT
That's funny. A university talking about fair play and due process! Must be a totally foreign concept to most of the collectivist liberals who run our institutions of higher learning. Those same assholes gave him the backing to publish the stupid book in the first place.
Link Posted: 10/3/2001 10:54:49 AM EDT
I hope they take his Scholars Award back. This scumbags book isn't even good enough to "wipe" with.
Link Posted: 10/3/2001 11:27:32 AM EDT
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