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Richard T Drinnon

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Name  Richard Drinnon
Role  Professor

Died  April 19, 2012, Port Orford, Oregon, United States
Books  Facing West: The Metaphysics of Indian-Hating and Empire-Building
Nominations  National Book Award for History (Paperback)

Education  University of Minnesota

Richard T. Drinnon (born January 4, 1925, in Portland, Oregon; died April 19, 2012, in Port Orford, Oregon) was professor emeritus of history at Bucknell University. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota. In 1961, while Drinnon was a professor at the University of California, he was discovered by police to be the next person on the target list of John Harrison Farmer, who felt that he was on a mission from God to kill people who he believed were associated with communism.

While there he taught two popular courses on "A Critical View of American History" which emphasized the negatives during American history from 1776 to the present. He ultimately was denied tenure for failure to publish while he was teaching at that college.

During the Columbia University protests of 1968, Drinnon participated in a student walkout of a speech at Bucknell University by Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, when Humphrey blamed protesters for disorder on the campus. Drinnon shouted "This is a disgrace," and walked out along with about 30 students.


  • Facing West: The Metaphysics of Indian-Hating and Empire-Building. University of Oklahoma Press. March 1997. ISBN 978-0-8061-2928-0. 
  • Keeper of Concentration Camps: Dillon S. Myer and American Racism. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987. ISBN 0-520-05793-7.
  • Rebel in Paradise: A Biography of Emma Goldman. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982. ISBN 978-0226163642.
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