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Feb. 14th, 2007 | 04:50 pm

Saul Cornell's history of the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment, A Well-Regulated Militia: The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control in America, which I helped out with as a research assistant, has won the 2006 Langum Prize for American Legal History. This gives me an excuse to do the linky picture thing again, complete with the Amazon "look inside" arrow pointing to my name in the acknowledgments. See!

I was also a research assistant on one of Cornell's earlier books on constitutional history, Other Founders: Anti-Federalism and the Dissenting Tradition in America, 1788-1828, and that book also won an award. Clearly I am good luck and he should have me work on all his books from now on. At the very least he owes me a good blurb when I sell my American Revolution novels.

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Danny Adams

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from: madwriter
date: Feb. 14th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)

That looks like something I could devour. And if he ever does a book on the Sixth Amendment that includes the War on Terror, I'll be the first in line to buy it...

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 16th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)

His next book will probably be on Jefferson or some other aspect of the early Federal period, but I'll pass on the request.

The Langum Prize is given to books for being both scholarly and accessible, so you might really like this one anyway. It's redefined what we know about the Second Amendment and will almost certainly be referenced in the next Supreme Court decision on the subject.

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from: anonymous
date: Mar. 7th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)

Mr. Finlay:

When you do publish your novels set during the American Revolution, I hope you remember that we also have an annual prize in American historical fiction, in addition to that in legal history, with only the open-ended requirements that the novel be both excellent history and excellent literature. Encourage your publisher to submit. See www.langumtrust.org.

David J. Langum, Sr.

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