Larry Schweikart

Larry Schweikart
Born April 21, 1951 (age 65)
Mesa, Arizona, U.S.
Alma mater Arizona State University
University of California, Santa Barbara
Occupation Historian, academic

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

Textbooks and general reference books

Books edited

Peer-reviewed journal articles (selected)

Book chapters (selected)

Popular books


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