Early American Militias: The Forgotten History of Freedmen Militias from 1776 until the Civil War
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
The 2nd Amendment
Enshrined in the 2nd Amendment, the United States militia movement dates back to Colonial America. How did militias come to be? What is their purpose? And how have they shaped the culture of the U.S.?