Colleges Attended and Degrees Received

B. A., history, Indiana University (1970)

M. A., history, University of Nebraska (1973)

Ph. D., history, University of Pittsburgh (1976), Advisor: Samuel P. Hays

Professional Employment

Teaching Assistant – University of Nebraska, 1970-72

Teaching Assistant – University of Pittsburgh, 1973-76

Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor – Murray State University, 1976-94

Adjunct Full Professor – Northwood University, 1994-99

Senior Fellow – Mackinac Center for Public Policy (Michigan), 1994-99

Historian in Residence – Center for the American Idea (Texas), 1999-2003

Full Professor – Hillsdale College, 1999, 2003-2017

Distinguished Fellow, Hillsdale College – 2017 to the present


Death On Hold, with Anita Folsom (Thomas Nelson, 2015)

Uncle Sam Can’t Count:  A History of Failed Government Investments, from Beaver Pelts to Green Energy, with Anita Folsom (HarperCollins, 2014)

A Republic If We Can Keep It, with Lawrence Reed (Foundation for Economic Education, 2011)

FDR Goes to War:  How Expanded Executive Power, Spiraling National Debt, and Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America, with Anita Folsom (Simon & Schuster, 2011)

New Deal or Raw Deal: How FDR’s Economic Legacy Has Damaged America. (Simon & Schuster, 2008)

The Myth of the Robber Barons: A New Look at the Rise of Big Business in America, 1840-1920 (7th edition, Young America’s Foundation, 1987, 1991, 1996, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013). Foreword by Forrest McDonald. The first edition was published as Entrepreneurs Vs. The State.

Empire Builders: How Michigan Entrepreneurs Helped Make America Great (Rhodes and Easton, 1998). Foreword by Governor John Engler.

Urban Capitalists: Entrepreneurs and City Growth in Pennsylvania’s Lackawanna and Lehigh Regions, 1800-1920 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981). Foreword by Glenn Porter. Second edition, 2001.

The Spirit of Freedom: Essays in American History (Foundation for Economic Education, 1994). Edited book. Second printing, 1996.

The Industrial Revolution and Free Trade (Foundation for Economic Education, 1996). Edited book.

No More Free Markets or Free Beer: The Progressive Era in Nebraska, 1900-1924 (Lexington Books, 1999).

Editor-in-Chief: Continuity: A Journal of History (1988-2003).

Selected Newspaper Articles

“Entrepreneurs Vs. The Textbooks,” Wall Street Journal, July 22, 1987.

“The Minimum Wage’s Disreputable Origins,” Wall Street Journal, May 27, 1998.

“Slim Pickings,” Wall Street Journal, August 29, 2007.

“Did FDR End the Great Depression?” with Anita Folsom,Wall Street Journal, April 12, 2010.

“Obama’s False History of Public Investment,” with Larry Schweikart, Wall Street Journal, August 5, 2013.

Selected Journal Articles

“The Collective Biography as a Research Tool,” Mid-America (April 1972), 108-22.

“The Politics of Elites: Prominence and Party in Davidson County, Tennessee, 1835-1861,” Journal of Southern History (August 1973), 359-78.

“Party Formation and Development in Jacksonian America: The Old South,” Journal of American Studies (December 1973).

“Like Fathers, Unlike Sons: The Fall of Scranton’s Business Elite, 1880-1920,” Pennsylvania History (October 1980), 291-309.

“Entrepreneurs and City Growth: Scranton and Carbondale as Case Studies,” Proceedings of the Business History Conference (1980).

“Tinkerers, Tipplers, and Traitors: Ethnicity and Democratic Reform in Nebraska during the Progressive Era,” Pacific Historical Review (February 1981), 53-75.

“Immigrant Voters and the Nonpartisan League in Nebraska, 1917-1920,” Great Plains Quarterly (Summer 1981), 159-68.

“The Scopes Trial Reconsidered,” Continuity (Fall 1988), 103-27.

“An Urban-Rural Dimension of the Scopes Trial: Newspapers, Ballots, and Textbooks,” in Joseph F. Rishel, ed., American Cities and towns: Historical Perspectives (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 1992), 109-22.

“The Hidden History of Capitalism,” in Michael Bauman, ed., Morality and the Marketplace (Hillsdale, Mich.: Hillsdale College Press, 1994), 49-56.

“Three Arguments Against the National Standards for United States History,” Continuity (Spring 1995), 73-80.

“Microsoft and Standard Oil: Radical Lessons for Antitrust Reform,” (co-authored with Donald Boudreaux) Antitrust Bulletin (Fall 1999), 555-78.

“A Survey of Business Historians on America’s Greatest Entrepreneurs,” (co-authored with Blaine McCormick) Business History Review (Winter 2003), 703-16.

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