More Historians Come Out for Trump

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Rick Shenkman is the editor of the History News Network. His newest book is Political Animals: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics (Basic Books, January 2016).

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In August HNN reported that just eight historians in the entire country had come out in support of Donald Trump's candidacy. The eight included five Ph.D.s (counting Newt Gingrich). 

Now, there are a few more according to the website Scholars and Writers for Trump.

The most prominent historian on the list is Conrad Black, the popular historian and author of biographies of Franklin Roosevelt and Richard Nixon, who was convicted of fraud.

Others include:

Jay Bergman, a professor of history at Central Connecticut State University, and the author of a biography of Soviet dissident, Andrei Sakharov.

Burton W. Folsom, Jr., a professor of history at Hillsdale College, the conservative Christian school.

Susan Hanssen, the chair of the history department at the University of Dallas.

Arthur Herman, who received his Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins and is a fellow at the Hudson Institute (criticized here on HNN) and author of an op ed written in support of the CIA. 

Michael Ledeen, who earned a Ph.D. in history at the University of Wisconsin and has been a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for twenty years.

Larry Schweikart, professor of history (retired) at the University of Dayton and author of A Patriot’s History of the United States.

The list also includes people who, whether they're called historians or not, have written history books or participated in history projects.

Roger Beckett of Ashland University isn't a historian by training, but is known for promoting history and civics programs.

Larry Arnn, the president of Hillsdale College,  is the author of Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government.

Charles C. Johnson, author of Why Coolidge Matters.

Roger Kimball, the prominent critic of liberal humanists and author of Tenured Radicals.

John Lott, an economist who has written about the history of guns (for which he has been taken to task on HNN).

William Murchison, author of The Cost of Liberty: The Life of John Dickinson.

Ronald J. Pestritto, a professor of politics at Hillsdale College and author of Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism.

Stephen B. Presser, Professor of Law Emeritus at Northwestern and a legal historian.

Dan Robinson, a fellow in the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University and author of The American Founding: Its Intellectual and Moral Framework.

Diana West, author of American Betrayal, which was criticized here on HNN by Ron Radosh.

Scot J. Zentner, a social scientist at CSU San Bernardino, and author of Liberalism and Executive Power: Woodrow Wilson and the American Founders.

In a special category all her own is Christiana Jeffrey, a political scientist by training, who merits note here because for one week in the 1990s she served as the official Historian of the House of Representatives.  She was hired by House Speaker Newt Gingrich in 1995.  But just days after her appointment the news media reported that in the 1980s she had singled out a program for criticism because it failed to include the Nazi point of view.  This revelation triggered an avalanche of criticism from groups worried that she was anti-Semitic.  Within days Gingrich removed her.  The Anti-Defamation League subsequently cleared her of the charge of bigotry.  But the charges were revived this week in the New Republic.  Conservatives immediately rose to her defense. She is currently a lecturer at Wofford College in South Carolina, where according to her LinkedIn page, she teaches "the Constitution, the Founding, Federalist papers, Tocqueville, etc."  She adds:  "Things every American used to be taught and should be taught again."