08/04/2010 10:48 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Michael A. Bellesiles: Living Down Scholarly Scandal

His book "1877: America's Year of Living Violently," which will be published next week, is an attempted comeback for Mr. Bellesiles, who has languished in a kind of academic no-man's land for the past decade after a scandal surrounding his previous book cut short what looked to be a promising career. "I'd like to think that anyone reading it would give it a fair chance," he said of his latest work.

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