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Posted: 8/23/2002 7:37:12 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/23/2002 7:37:55 AM EDT by DavidC]
Now if we can just nail down the rest of those lying sacks of excrement. [url]http://www.washtimes.com/national/20020823-23126206.htm[/url] Emory continues probe of 'Arming America' author By Robert Stacy McCain THE WASHINGTON TIMES Emory University is continuing its investigation of historian Michael Bellesiles, author of a book that attacks the "myth" of early American gun ownership. "Professor Michael Bellesiles will be on paid leave from his teaching duties at Emory University during the fall semester," the university said in a statement released yesterday. Scholars say they have found evidence of research fraud in Mr. Bellesiles' book, "Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture," which one critic says is full of "massive misrepresentation" and another says is "riddled with errors." The university's six-month investigation "is continuing," the statement said. "Professor Bellesiles and the university have agreed that the results of the university's inquiry will be made public when the inquiry is completed." Members of the Emory history department had expected to hear an announcement about Mr. Bellesiles' tenure today, Melissa Seckora of National Review reported yesterday on that magazine's Web site (nationalreview.com). Classes begin at Emory next week. The university, an elite private institution on the east side of Atlanta, previously announced that it planned to conclude its inquiry into Mr. Bellesiles' work by September. Emory was forced to begin its investigation of "Arming America" after critics exposed extensive errors and apparent fabrication of sources in the book. "Arming America" reaped enthusiastic endorsements when it was published in the fall of 2000. Reviewers praised it as "exciting" and "valuable." Among other things, Mr. Bellesiles claimed that, contrary to popular belief, private gun ownership was rare in early America. Gun control advocates credited Mr. Bellesiles with "demolishing the myth" of Second Amendment rights to individual ownership of firearms. The book won the prestigious Bancroft Award last year. Meanwhile, other researchers — including author Clayton Cramer and Northwest University law professor James Lindgren — began to document errors in "Arming America." Scholars especially condemned "Arming America's" misrepresentation of 18th- and 19th-century probate records, which Mr. Bellesiles said proved that guns were rare in America's early days. Mr. Lindgren and others suggested Mr. Bellesiles had fabricated some sources, pointing out that he cited California records that had been destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Ohio State University history professor Randolph Roth wrote that the conclusions of "Arming America" were "not supported by the sources Mr. Bellesiles cites, the sources he does not cite, or by the data he presents." Mr. Bellesiles claimed he would be vindicated by a symposium on his work that was published in the William and Mary Quarterly in February, but the contributors to that issue were overwhelmingly negative toward "Arming America." Emory announced an investigation in February. In April, the university announced that its internal review was complete and it had "concluded that further investigation would be warranted by an independent committee of distinguished scholars." In May, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced it was withdrawing its sponsorship from a fellowship awarded to Mr. Bellesiles through the Newberry Library in Chicago.
Link Posted: 8/23/2002 7:42:16 AM EDT
I'm lovin' this. I'm making a "Will lie for food" sign for Mr. Bellis-lies to hold. [}:D]
Link Posted: 8/23/2002 7:43:45 AM EDT
Any chance I'll see this reported on CNN? ROFLMFAO
Link Posted: 8/23/2002 7:50:46 AM EDT
You mean that the colonists really did have firearms? Wow, what a concept!
Link Posted: 8/23/2002 7:55:40 AM EDT
Originally Posted By DavidC: In May, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced it was withdrawing its sponsorship from a fellowship awarded to Mr. Bellesiles through the Newberry Library in Chicago.
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Now THAT is AMAZING!!! Whoo-Hoo!! [bounce]
Link Posted: 8/23/2002 8:03:42 AM EDT
Wow, I'm really suprised that the university chose to pursue the truth and not try to cover it all up or as usual attack the critics. Even more suprised when it deals with honesty in firearm ownership.
Link Posted: 8/23/2002 10:12:26 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/23/2002 10:14:08 AM EDT by shamayim]
You're surprised? I'm absolutely floored. Was a grad student in Sociology at Emory in 1972-73, and found it to be totally politically correct, and the term hadn't been invented yet. Got my butt out of there and went down town to Ga. State Univ. and never regretted it.[:D] I have to believe that the only reason they've taken the action they have is that so many scholars and academic groups all over the country have established that the book is nothing but a pack of lies and propaganda that they had no choice.
Link Posted: 8/23/2002 10:15:54 AM EDT
Originally Posted By shamayim: I have to believe that the only reason they've taken the action they have is that so many scholars and academic groups all over the country have established that the book is nothing but a pack of lies and propaganda that they had no choice.
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I think sham's got it right. The ONLY way these bastions of Marxism EVER cut loose one of their shining lights of Marxism is when they can no longer use them. Belles-lies caused them an IMMENSE amount of embarrassment - so they throw him to the scrap heap. Same reason Al Gork will NOT be the Demo candidate in 2004. The Libs are RUTHLESS when it comes to discarding their own.
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