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Economic Historian & Author Known For "The Myth of the Robber Barons"

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Burton Folsom, Jr. is an economic historian and author. He believes that Americans are an inventive people, no matter their backgrounds, and throughout our nation’s history, American entrepreneurs have benefited the world with their innovations. As a teacher, Folsom served as Professor of History at Hillsdale College from 2003 to August, 2017, holding the Charles Kline Chair in History and Management. He is now Professor Emeritus and was appointed a Distinguished Fellow of Hillsdale College in the summer of 2017. He also previously served as a senior fellow in economic education for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Folsom has spent his life energized by the belief that freedom and free markets benefit all people. He has published 11 books, some co-authored, and also hundreds of columns and articles in newspapers and journals. Folsom’s most well-known book is "The Myth of the Robber Barons," in which he discusses the differences between political entrepreneurs and market entrepreneurs. He was one of the first historians to show that political entrepreneurs use government to pay the cost of their enterprises. Folsom is a great storyteller, and his narrative on American icons such as Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, and James J. Hill stands as a classic text in economic history. Another bestselling book is "New Deal or Raw Deal: How FDR’s Economic Legacy Has Damaged America." Folsom examines the disastrous effects of massive federal spending under Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal policies of the 1930s.

After the success of "New Deal or Raw Deal," Folsom and his wife Anita co-authored the sequel: "FDR Goes to War: How Expanded Executive Power, Spiraling National Debt, and Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America." The Folsoms cover the period from the 1930s through the end of World War II, and the post-war recovery. The Folsoms’ next volume was "Uncle Sam Can’t Count: A History of Failed Government Investments, from Beaver Pelts to Green Energy." Their next book, "Death On Hold: A Prisoner’s Desperate Prayer and the Unlikely Family Who Became God’s Answer," is the story of the Folsom’s friendship with death row inmate Mitchell Rutledge, a man without hope who was given a future.

His work has appeared in major newspapers and magazines including The Detroit News, The American Spectator, and The Wall Street Journal. Folsom received his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Uncle Sam Can't Count: A History of Failed Government Investments, from Beaver Pelts to Green Energy

Uncle Sam Can't Count: A History of Failed Government Investments, from Beaver Pelts to Green Energy

FDR Goes to War

FDR Goes to War

New Deal or Raw Deal?: How FDR's Economic Legacy Has Damaged America

New Deal or Raw Deal?: How FDR's Economic Legacy Has Damaged America

by Burton W. Folsom Jr. (Author)New Deal or Raw Deal?: How FDR's Economic Legacy Has Damaged America (Paperback)

by Burton W. Folsom Jr. (Author)New Deal or Raw Deal?: How FDR's Economic Legacy Has Damaged America (Paperback)

No More Free Markets or Free Beer

No More Free Markets or Free Beer

Empire Builders: How Michigan Entrepreneurs Helped Make America Great

Empire Builders: How Michigan Entrepreneurs Helped Make America Great

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Burton Folsom

Economic Historian & Author Known For "The Myth of the Robber Barons"

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Burton Folsom Biography

Burton Folsom, Jr. is an economic historian and author. He believes that Americans are an inventive people, no matter their backgrounds, and throughout our nation’s history, American entrepreneurs have benefited the world with their innovations. As a teacher, Folsom served as Professor of History at Hillsdale College from 2003 to August, 2017, holding the Charles Kline Chair in History and Management. He is now Professor Emeritus and was appointed a Distinguished Fellow of Hillsdale College in the summer of 2017. He also previously served as a senior fellow in economic education for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Folsom has spent his life energized by the belief that freedom and free markets benefit all people. He has published 11 books, some co-authored, and also hundreds of columns and articles in newspapers and journals. Folsom’s most well-known book is "The Myth of the Robber Barons," in which he discusses the differences between political entrepreneurs and market entrepreneurs. He was one of the first historians to show that political entrepreneurs use government to pay the cost of their enterprises. Folsom is a great storyteller, and his narrative on American icons such as Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, and James J. Hill stands as a classic text in economic history. Another bestselling book is "New Deal or Raw Deal: How FDR’s Economic Legacy Has Damaged America." Folsom examines the disastrous effects of massive federal spending under Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal policies of the 1930s.

After the success of "New Deal or Raw Deal," Folsom and his wife Anita co-authored the sequel: "FDR Goes to War: How Expanded Executive Power, Spiraling National Debt, and Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America." The Folsoms cover the period from the 1930s through the end of World War II, and the post-war recovery. The Folsoms’ next volume was "Uncle Sam Can’t Count: A History of Failed Government Investments, from Beaver Pelts to Green Energy." Their next book, "Death On Hold: A Prisoner’s Desperate Prayer and the Unlikely Family Who Became God’s Answer," is the story of the Folsom’s friendship with death row inmate Mitchell Rutledge, a man without hope who was given a future.

His work has appeared in major newspapers and magazines including The Detroit News, The American Spectator, and The Wall Street Journal. Folsom received his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Pittsburgh.

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  • Who is the agent for Burton Folsom?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Burton Folsom for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Burton Folsom for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Burton Folsom or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Burton Folsom or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Burton Folsom is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Burton Folsom for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Burton Folsom generally travels from Hillsdale, MI, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Buzz Patterson, Jason Mattera, Humberto Fontova, Dan Flynn and Robert Spencer. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Burton Folsom for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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  • Baptists in Business John D Rockefeller with Burton Folsom
    Was America's richest man ever a ruthless tycoon who crushed competitors and established an industrial monopoly? History professor Burton Folsom of Hillsdale College presents an alternative take on...
    Charles Koch Institute Speaker Series: Dr. Burton Folsom
    Dr. Burton Folsom, author of the book “Uncle Sam Can’t Count: A History of Failed Government Investments,” was the featured speaker for this edition of The Butcher, The Brewer, and the Baker...
  • Dr. Burt Folsom author of New Deal or Raw Deal? Evaluating Big Government
    Dr. Burton Folsom, author and professor of history at Hillsdale College, spoke to high school students at YAF's "High School Conference at the Reagan Ranch."
    'FDR Goes to War' (Burton W. Folsom, Jr.)
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