This Conservative Historian Took on Howard Zinn, Writing ‘A Patriot’s History’

From the Daily Signal:

Larry Schweikart recently spoke at the Heritage Foundation about the newly released 10th anniversary edition of the book he co-authored with Michael Allen, “A Patriot’s History of the United States: From Columbus’s Great Discovery to America’s Age of Entitlement.”

“A Patriot’s History” had a rather unusual journey from publication to fame; becoming a No.1 New York Times bestseller six years after its publication.

Schweikart, a history professor at the University of Dayton, wrote the book in response to what he calls a lack of textbooks that “dealt accurately and fairly with American history.”

Many of the existing classroom materials, he said, display “antipathy towards free markets” and conduct “a love affair with big government.”

In his view, these books write off all that is good about America and condemn it as a nation founded by old, rich, white men.

“Do you want unsuccessful losers drafting your laws? I want the guys who know what they’re doing,” said Schweikart.

One of these books, “A People’s History of the United States,” by revisionist historian Howard Zinn, particularly irks Schweikart.

“Zinn has no sources. I tell students, ‘Go to the back and look at his sources.’ They say ‘Oh, he doesn’t have any.’ Exactly!” said Schweikart.

So, he decided to “wage a guerilla war against the textbook industry” by writing his own.

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