Professor Larry is a native-born Arizonian, who, after graduating from Arizona State University with a BA in Political Science, went on the road as a rock-and-roll drummer performing with several different bands and , opening for 60s/70s iconic acts including Steppenwolf. He abruptly decided he wanted to be a history professor, and received an MA from ASU in history, then a Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara. He began his teaching career at the University of Dayton in 1985 where he stayed until retiring.
In 2009 Professor Larry produced the documentary film, “Rockin' the Wall,” about rock music’s part in bringing down the Iron Curtain. It appeared on PBS and is still the foremost documentary on the subject of rock-and-roll’s influence in world events.
His best-selling books include Seven Events that Made America, 48 Liberal Lies About American History, and his #1 NY times bestseller, with Mike Allen, A Patriot’s History of the United States. In 2015 he perceived Donald Trump would win the presidency and began chronicling his campaign in his 2017 book with Joel Pollak, How Trump Won, which was rejected by every publisher until after the election.
His most recent book, Reagan: The American President came out May 1, 2019.
“The 1620 Default” looks at the attempt by the New York Times to make 1619 the focal point of American history by arguing that because slavery was introduced in that year, all if American exceptionalism was tainted. Professor Larry Schweikart argues that America’s real “default” came in 1620 with the Pilgrims, who introduced the four pillars of American exceptionalism.
“The Pillars of American Exceptionalism” look at the four founding elements that make America exceptional—that literally no other country has these elements from its birth, and to this day no other country has these elements. They are a) a Christian, mostly Protestant religious tradition; b) common law; c) private property with written titles and deeds; and d) a free market economy. Professor Larry Schweikart discusses the elements that made American a different place from any in the world, augmented by images.