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Larry Earl Schweikart (/ˈʃwkərt/; born April 21, 1951) is an American historian and retired professor of history at the University of Dayton. He is the author of more than a dozen scholarly and popular books; his best known popular book is A Patriot's History of the United States (2004),[1] coauthored with Michael Allen. According to professors Guy Burton and Ted Goertzel, "Schweikart and Allen are both history professors with distinguished publication records."[2]

Larry Schweikart
BornApril 21, 1951 (1951-04-21) (age 68)
Alma materArizona State University
University of California, Santa Barbara
OccupationHistorian, academic


Born in Mesa, Arizona to a cattle ranching family, Schweikart went to Arizona State University, where he also completed an M.A. He earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1984.[3] By the time he had graduated, Schweikart had already written two books and several academic articles as a graduate student.[4]

Academic careerEdit

Schweikart graduated from Arizona State University in 1972 with a B.A. in Political science. He entered the ASU Master's program in 1977, writing a national Phi Alpha Theta prize-winning article on the Peary diaries.[5] He wrote in 2002:

In 1976 I took a history class from Robert Loewenberg at Arizona State University. He introduced me to Aristotle, Leo Strauss, and Eric Voegelin. I became a historian and in the early 1980s was overwhelmed by the writing of George Gilder on economics and Paul Johnson on history. I emulate them in my writing. But I have never given up the dream of writing for a more `pop' audience and keep submitting work to mainstream magazines.[4]

He received his M.A. in History in 1980. He then received a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1983.

Schweikart took a one-year position at the University of Wisconsin–Richland Center. In 1985, he received an appointment to the University of Dayton. There he taught business and economic history, then military history. He was a full professor, and in 1987 was honored for outstanding scholarship.[4] Schweikart retired in 2016.[6]

In 1999 he published a history of American business, The Entrepreneurial Adventure. In 2004 he co-authored the book A Patriot's History of the United States with Michael Allen. In 2006, he published America's Victories. In 2008, he published 48 Liberal Lies About American History.

Public Teaching CareerEdit

Schweikart started a website to make his teaching available to the public in 2019:

Once upon a time I was a first-year history teacher. My students sat in class barely listening to what I had to say. They thought history was boring. They thought it was meaningless. Watching the clock, they couldn’t wait for the bell to ring. I knew what they were thinking, “Why do we have to know this stuff?” It was pretty bad. I felt desperate. My job was on the line. My career! How do I get these kids to realize that learning about the past can help them understand the present… and the future? Help them understand themselves? Fast forward a year or two and a job teaching history at the University of Dayton. I had a zany idea that instead of teaching history like everyone else did, I’d make it a little… wild. A little… unforgettable. A little… entertaining. And something surprising happened. Kids started showing up for class. They started bringing their friends. And I became the talk of the campus. Not bad for a former rock-and-roll drummer, turned history teacher (I'll save that for another email). In the end, I decided that we should bring this kind of idea to an online world so that we could reach more people.[7]


Scholarly booksEdit

  • California Bankers (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994).
  • Banking in the American West from Gold Rush to Deregulation (co-authored with Lynne Doti) (University of Oklahoma Press, 1991).
  • Making Change: South Carolina Banking in the Twentieth Century (co-authored with John G. Sproat) (Columbia, SC: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1990).
  • Banking in the American South from the Age of Jackson to Reconstruction (Louisiana State University Press, 1987).
  • Trident (with D.D. Dalgleish) (Southern Illinois University Press, 1984).
  • Banking in the West: A Collection of Essays (Editor) (Sunflower University Press, 1984).
  • History of Banking in Arizona (University of Arizona Press, 1982).

Textbooks and general reference booksEdit

  • Schweikart, Larry, and Bradley J. Birzer. The American West. (Wiley Desk Reference" series, ) Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, 2003. ISBN 9780471401384
  • The Entrepreneurial Adventure: A History of American Enterprise (Ft. Worth, Texas: Harcourt Brace, 1999) (textbook)

Books editedEdit

  • Encyclopedia of American Business History: Banking and Finance, to 1913 editor in chief (New York: Facts on File, 1990)
  • Encyclopedia of American Business History: Banking and Finance, 1913-1989 editor in chief (New York: Facts on File, 1990)
  • Voices of UD:Historical Interpretations of the University of Dayton, ed. and principal author (Dayton, Ohio: University of Dayton, 1999).

Peer-reviewed journal articles (selected)Edit

  • “From Hard Money to Branch Banking: California Banking in the Gold Rush Economy,” with Lynne Pierson Doti, in James Rawls and Richard J. Orsi, eds., "A Golden State: Mining and Economic Development in Gold Rush California," special edition of California History, Winter 1998-99, 209-232.
  • “The Panic of 1857: Causes, Transmission, and Containment” (co-authored with Charles Calomiris), Journal of Economic History, LI, December 1990, pp. 807–34.
  • “A New Perspective on George Wingfield and Nevada Banking, 1920-33,” Nevada Historical Quarterly, XXXV, vol. 35, Winter 1992, pp. 162–76.
  • “American Commercial Banking: A Bibliographic Survey,” Business History Review, vol. 65, Fall 1992, pp. 606–61.
  • “Alabama’s Antebellum Banks: New Interpretations, New Evidence,” The Alabama Review, XXXVIII, June 1985, pp. 202–21.
  • “Secession and Southern Banks,” Civil War History, XXXI, June 1985, pp. 111–25.
  • “Tennessee’s Antebellum Banks, Part I,” Tennessee Historical Quarterly, XLV, Summer 1986, pp. 119–32.
  • “Southern Banking and Economic Growth in the Antebellum Period: A Reassessment,” Journal of Southern History, LIII, February 1987, pp. 19–36.
  • “Private Bankers in the Antebellum South,” Southern Studies, XXV, Summer 1986, pp. 125–34.
  • “Jacksonian Ideology, Currency Control, and `Central Banking’: A Reappraisal,” The Historian, LI, November 1988, pp. 781-02.
  • “Banking in Early New Mexico from the Civil War to the Roaring Twenties,” New Mexico Historical Review, LXIII, January 1988, pp. 1–22.
  • “Financing the Postwar Housing Boom in Phoenix and Los Angeles, 1945-60" (co-authored with Lynne Doti), Pacific Historical Review, LVIII, May 1989, pp. 173–94.
  • “Collusion or Competition: Another Look at Arizona Banking in the Postwar Period, 1950-1964,” Journal of Arizona History, XXVIII, Summer 1987, pp. 189–200.
  • “You Count It: The Birth of Banking in Arizona,” Journal of Arizona History, XXII, Fall 1981, pp. 349–68.
  • “Brophy vs. Douglas: A Case Study in Frontier Corporate Control,” Journal of the West, XXIII, April 1984, pp. 49–55.
  • “Antebellum Banking in Arkansas: New Evidence, New Interpretations,” Southern Studies, XXVI, Fall 1987, pp. 188–201.
  • “Financing Urban Growth: Entrepreneurial Creativity and Western Cities, 1945-75,” Urban Studies, XXVI, February 1990, pp. 177–86.
  • “Polar Revisionism and the Peary Claim: The Diary of Robert E. Peary,” The Historian, XLVIII, May 1986, pp. 341–58.
  • “Stand By to Repel Historians: Modern Scholarship and Caribbean Pirates, 1650-1725"” (co-authored with Richard Burg), The Historian, XLVI, March 1984, pp. 219–34.

Book chapters (selected)Edit

  • “Banking and Finance in North America, 1607-1996,” in Alice Teichova et al., eds, Banking, Trade, and Industry (Cambridge University Press, 1997), 297-314.
  • “Entrepreneurial Aspects of Antebellum Banking,” in American Business History: Case Studies ed. C. Joseph Pusateri and Henry Dethloff (New York: Harlan Davidson, 1987), pp. 122–39.

Popular booksEdit

  • Schweikart, Larry; Dougherty, Dave (2017). The Politically Incorrect Guide to the American Revolution. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing. ISBN 9781621576259.
  • Schweikart, Larry; Pollak, Joel (2017). How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing. ISBN 9781621573951.
  • Schweikart, Larry (2017). The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents, Part 1: From Washington to Taft. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing. ISBN 9781621575245. OCLC 945232389.
  • Schweikart, Larry, and Dave Dougherty. A Patriot's History of the Modern World, Vol. II: From the Cold War to the Age of Entitlement, 1945-2012. New York: Sentinel; 2013 ISBN 9781595231048.
  • Schweikart, Larry, and Dave Dougherty. A Patriot's History of the Modern World, Vol. I: From America's Exceptional Ascent to the Atomic Bomb, 1898-1945. New York: Sentinel; 2012 ISBN 9781595230898. In 240 libraries according to WorldCat[8]
  • Schweikart, Larry, Dave Dougherty, Michael Allen, and Larry Schweikart. The Patriot's History Reader: Essential Documents for Every American. New York: Sentinel, 2011. ISBN 9781595230782
  • Schweikart, Larry. What Would the Founders Say?: A Patriot's Answers to America's Most Pressing Problems. New York: Sentinel, 2011. ISBN 9781595230744
  • Schweikart, Larry. Seven Events That Made America America: And Proved That the Founding Fathers Were Right All Along. New York: Sentinel, 2010.ISBN 9781595230645
  • Schweikart, Larry, and Lynne Pierson Doti. American Entrepreneur: The Fascinating Stories of the People Who Defined Business in the United States. New York: AMACOM, American Management Association, 2010. ISBN 9780814414118 In 704 libraries according to WorldCat[9]
    • Review by Maury Klein, Business History Review, v84 n03 (20100914): 627-628
  • Schweikart, Larry. 48 Liberal Lies About American History: (That You Probably Learned in School). New York: Sentinel, 2008. ISBN 9781595230515.
  • Schweikart, Larry. America's Victories: Why the U.S. Wins Wars and Will Win the War on Terror. New York: Sentinel, 2006. ISBN 9781595230218
  • Schweikart, Larry, and Michael Allen. A Patriot's History of the United States: From Columbus's Great Discovery to the War on Terror. New York: Sentinel, 2004. ISBN 9781595230010; In 951 libraries according to WorldCat[1]


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