Burton Folsom Jr.

Dr. Burton Folsom Jr. is a history professor at Hillsdale College and senior historian at the Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington, N.Y. He is a regular columnist for The Freeman and has written articles for The Wall Street Journal and American Spectator, among other publications. Folsom has authored several books such as Urban Capitalists, and The Myth of the Robber Barons, now in its third edition, where he revises commonly held views about the role of capitalism in the social development of the Industrial Revolution. More recently he wrote New Deal or Raw Deal, which takes a sharp critical new look at FDR’s government policies that hindered economic recovery from the Great Depression and are still hurting America today. In this book he exposes the idyllic legend of FDR as a myth of epic proportions. Folsom received his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Pittsburgh in 1976 and since 1988 has served as editor of Continuity: A Journal of History.