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About Noah Shusterman

Associate Professor of History, Chinese University of Hong Kong. See profile: https://www.history.cuhk.edu.hk/profile/noah-shusterman/

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Slavery, Militias, and Methodologies: Thoughts on Carl Bogus’s Madison’s Militia

Posted by on June 23, 2023

Carl Bogus’s 1998 “The Hidden History of the Second Amendment” was one of the first articles to bring slavery into the heart of Second Amendment scholarship. Bogus argued there that a need “to assure the Southern states that Congress would not undermine the slave system by using its newly acquired constitutional authority over the militia […]

Why Heller Is Such Bad History

Posted by on October 7, 2020

When I began the research for my recent book, Armed Citizens: The Road from Ancient Rome to the Second Amendment, my goal was to understand the origins of American gun laws. I was hardly alone in this, of course; there is an enormous amount of contemporary research on the original goals of the Second Amendment, […]