Bellesiles: Clayton finds a convert
Clayton Cramer posts "Dr. Luker Sees The Light".
Clayton is of course the fellow who brought down Michael Bellesiles, and he had written an article on problems of integrity in the historical research field, which Dr. Ralph Luker had criticized as overstating the problem. But recently Luker penned an open letter to the Organization of American Historians, asking if it "has become the place where Offences Are Honored." Luker points out that the OAH has never revoked its award to Bellesiles, and is still listing some other discredited historians in its "distinguished lecturer" program.
Clayton ends by asking whether the field of history "has become so controlled by the faction that lies or excuses lies--people like Bellesiles, John L. Larson, editor of the Journal of the Early Republic, and the leadership of the OAH--that the profession of historian no longer exists in any meaningful sense."