This is the authoritative history of how the courts have interpreted the meaning of the right to keep and bear arms. It doesn't just cover the judicial interpretation of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but also the analogous guarantees contained in most of the state constitutions.
Update: It was cited in the recent federal district court decision USA v. Emerson (N.D. Texas 1999), and in the Washington Supreme Court decision State v. Sieyes, 225 P.3d 995 (Wash. 2010).
Black Demographic Data, 1790-1860: A Sourcebook (Published 1995 by Greenwood Publishing, Westport, Conn., ISBN: 0-313-30243-X)
This is a reference work on black population distribution, both free and slave, by state and region. It also includes 20,000 words about the significance and accuracy of the census data; the process by which both manumission and abolition brought about the end of slavery in the "free" states; the continuing controversy about black disabilities and the 1840 census; and legal restrictions on black migration within the United States.
See the table of contents, preface, the first chapter, a few pages of graphs and tables from the book, and the bibliography here.
You can purchase this book through barnesandnoble.com or directly through Greenwood Press.
This book examines why Southern states took the lead in the adoption of laws regulating the sale and carrying of concealed weapons before the Mexican War. While many of the antebellum weapons laws were associated with the maintenance of slavery, the principle objective of these particular laws had nothing to do with race, but were an attempt to solve the severe problems of "honor violence" associated with the back country culture of the South.
See the table of contents, introduction, and the first chapter here.
You can order it from barnesandnoble.com.
Armed America: The Remarkable Story of How and Why Guns Became as American as Apple Pie (Published January 2007 by Nelson Current, ISBN: 1-595-55069-0)
This book examines the development of a distinctively American gun culture to 1840 with its implications for the concept of citizenship based on the duty to militia service. It also demonstrates that the widely publicized and accepted claims of now former Professor Michael Bellesiles of Emory University were not simply wrong, but intentional fraud.
My Brother Ron: A Personal and Social History of the Deinstitutionalization of the Mentally Ill is both the story of my older brother's descent into madness, and a history of how and why the United States (and eventually, most other Western countries) abandoned the old system of caring for the severely mentally ill, leading to widespread homelessness, increases in violence, and the general degradation of urban life.
You can read an excerpt here.
Available from Amazon in both paperback ($10.95) and Kindle editions ($1.49), and from Barnes & Noble in paperback ($10.95) and Nook ($1.49) editions.
Many Americans like to imagine the Framers of our Constitution as freethinkers: liberals in silly wigs and breeches. This book shows the sort of laws being passed into law during the Revolutionary era, and they fit well into modern ideas of social conservativism.