19 December 2002

Bellesiles, again, for the Last Time

I am not sure how this escaped my notice (actually, I do know how it happened: I was hard at work dissertating and did not check all my regular reads). Columbia University has rescinded Michael Bellesiles' Bancroft prize. I have stated before on this blog that I think the scholarly community's response to Bellesiles' sloppy scholarship was the proper one. The conclusions reached by the independent review committee were the correct ones. Now Bellesiles will depart Emory, prizeless, and hopefully fade into oblivion.

It just goes to show you that early americanists are capable of policing their own without input from the gun lobby, thank you very much.


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