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Larry Schweikart

Larry Earl Schweikart (born April 21, 1951 in Mesa, Arizona) is an American historian and professor of history at the University of Dayton. He is the author of more than a dozen books; his best known popular book is A Patriot's History of the United States (2004)[1]


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.[2] By the time he had graduated, Schweikart had already written two books and several academic articles as a graduate student. After a year in the University of Wisconsin system, he took a position at the University of Dayton, where he has remained.[3]

Academic career

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.[4] 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."[3]

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, then, in 1985, received an appointment to the University of Dayton. There he taught business and economic history, then military history. He is a full professor, and in 1987 was honored for outstanding scholarship.[3]

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.


Scholarly books

  • 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 books

  • 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 edited

  • 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)

  • “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)

  • “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 books

  • Schweikart, Larry, and Dave Dougherty. A Patriot's History of the Modern World: From America's Exceptional Ascent to the Atomic Bomb : 1898-1945. New York: Sentinel; Penguin Group (USA), 2012 ISBN 9781595230898. In 240 libraries according to WorldCat[5]
  • 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. 48 Liberal Lies About American History: (That You Probably Learned in School). New York: Sentinel, 2008. ISBN 9781595230515
  • 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[6] ( Amazon excerpt and text search)
    • Review by Maury Klein, Business History Review, v84 n03 (20100914): 627-628
  • 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]

Schweikart has been asked by the editors to review books in the following scholarly journals: Public Historian, ISIS, Southern Studies Journal of Southern History ''Journal of the Southwest, Western Historical Quarterly, American Historical Review,


  1. ^ a b WorldCat book record
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b c "Larry (Earl) Schweikart," in Contemporary Authors (2002)
  4. ^ See "News of Phi Alpha Theta"
  5. ^ WorldCat book record
  6. ^ WorldCat book record
  • "Larry (Earl) Schweikart," in (Gale: 2002 and 2010 editions)Contemporary Authors

External links

  • Larry Schweikart on IMDb
  • authors' websiteA Patriot's History
  • interview with Schweikart, March 3, 2013In Depth
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