Nebraska Authors

Burton W. Folsom, Jr.

Born 1947

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Bloomington, IN
Pittsburgh, PA
Murray, KY
Hillsdale, MI

Author Of

  • Journalism
  • Nonfiction


Capitalism; United States Government; United States History; Nebraska - History


High School Diploma, Southeast High School, Lincoln, NE
Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1970, University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN
Master of Arts Degree, 1973, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Ph.D. in History, 1976, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA



Places Worked

Murray State University, Murray, KY (1976-1994)
Free Enterprise Institute
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI


Foundation for Economic Education


Urban Capitalists. 1981.
Entrepreneurs vs. the State. 1989.
The Myth of the Robber Barons. 1993.
Empire Builders: How Michigan Entrepreneurs Helped Make America Great. 1998.
No More Free Markets or Free Beer: The Progressive Era in Nebraska, 1900–1924. 1999.
Urban Capitalists: Entrepreneurs and City Growth in Pennsylvania's Lackawanna and Lehigh Regions 1800–1920. 2005.
New Deal or Raw Deal?: How FDR's Economic Legacy Has Damaged America. 2008.
FDR Goes to War: How Expanded Executive Power, Spiraling National Debt, and Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America. 2011.
A Republic – If We Can Keep It. 2012. (with Laurence Reed)

Work Represented in
Wall Street Journal
National Review

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