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The American Militia and the Origin of Conscription: A Reassessment

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Author’s Introduction: I originally completed this article in 1986, but it appeared only in an obscure, now-defunct (I believe) libertarian publication, Rampart Individualist (Summer 1988). I have long intended to revise it for some more prominent forum, but have never found the time. I offer it again, with only slight stylistic revision, because of the recent public action of Michael A. Bellesiles’s controversial book, Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture. Bellesiles’s most arresting claim, and the one for which he has drawn the most criticism, is that very few Americans owned firearms prior to the Civil War.

Volume 15, Number 4 (2001)

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Hummel, Jeffrey R. "The American Militia and the Origin of Conscription: A Reassessment." Journal of Libertarian Studies 15, No. 4 (2001): 29–77.