Roger D. McGrath

Chronicles corresponding editor Roger D. McGrath is the author of Gunfighters, Highwaymen, and Vigilantes. A U.S. Marine veteran and former history professor at UCLA, he has appeared on numerous documentaries, including The Real WestBiographyTales of the GunCowboys & Outlaws, and Wild West Tech.


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  • The Admiral of American Movies
    January 2022

    The Admiral of American Movies

    At 47 years old, John Ford was at the top of his game and had money, power, and fame. He was well on his way toward becoming Hollywood’s greatest director. Nonetheless, he quit Tinseltown and joined the Navy when war came calling.

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  • California Exodus
    November 2021

    California Exodus

    The demographic change wrought by a feckless elite has fundamentally transformed California and led to an increasing exodus of the state's long-time residents. The Golden State is less safe, less clean, and more crowded than ever.

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  • A Tale of Two Withdrawals
    October 2021

    A Tale of Two Withdrawals

    There was a time when America could exit conflicts without the humiliation and shame that just played out in Afghanistan. The U.S. withdrawal from the Korean War provides a good example of a fighting retreat conducted with honor and heroism.

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  • When Cali Was Conservative
    August 2021

    When Cali Was Conservative

    Most Americans probably think that California has always been a whacko leftist enclave. In reality, California had a grassroots, organic conservative culture during the radical upheaval of the '60s and '70s.

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  • The Deliberate Infection Myth of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study
    June 2021

    The Deliberate Infection Myth of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study

    A persistent false narrative that white doctors injected black patients with a syphilis-infected serum as part of the 1932 Tuskegee Syphilis Study has contributed to widespread distrust of vaccines among blacks. It never happened—here’s the reality.

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  • Canceling Uncle Tom
    March 2021

    Canceling Uncle Tom

    Larry Elder infuriates the left by encouraging black Americans to think of themselves as American first, and to embrace conservative values such as family, education, hard work, perseverance, and self-reliance. His new film deserves wide viewership.

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  • Middle American Aviatrix
    February 2021

    Middle American Aviatrix

    Taking Flight examines the courageous story of female pilot and flight instructor Nadine Ramsey, a WWII "WASP" and P-38 Lightning aviatrix, who overcame familial and personal tragedies to pursue her calling.

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  • The Machines of Enslavement
    January 2021

    The Machines of Enslavement

    The perpetuation of slavery in 19th century America is often attributed to some grand design. In fact, the historical evidence shows it was an unintended consequence of the invention of the cotton gin and the planting of a new variety of cotton.

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  • Slavery's Ironic Twist of Fate
    November 2020

    Slavery's Ironic Twist of Fate

    The left asserts that white supremacy motivated the American Colonists to conceive slavery as a founding principle. A look at the historical record, however, suggests slavery actually developed as a consequence of an infectious disease: malaria.

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  • That Damn Cowboy
    September 2020

    That Damn Cowboy

    The Western frontier transformed Teddy Roosevelt from a New York aristocrat into the rough rider who charged up San Juan Hill. While living as rancher, he impressed the locals with his tenacity, and his ability to handle himself in a bar fight.

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  • The Chinese Exclusion Act
    July 2020

    The Chinese Exclusion Act

    In 1882 Congress took steps to control Chinese immigration. From the start, the Chinese were different than other immigrants. They were sojourners in the U.S. who rejected the values of American society and carefully maintained their own culture.

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  • Epidemic for the Record Books
    April/May 2020

    Epidemic for the Record Books

    As the hysterical coronavirus overreaction crashes our economy, I can’t help but think of the Spanish flu, which took some 675,000 American lives in 1918 and 1919.

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  • Jackson and the American Indians
    February 2020

    Jackson and the American Indians

    Everyone knows that Andrew Jackson wanted American Indians annihilated, defied the Supreme Court in a famous challenge to Chief Justice John Marshall, and forcibly removed the Five Civilized Tribes of the Southeast to lands west of the Mississippi River. What everyone knows is not true.

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  • January 2020

    Books in Brief

    Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation Against America, by Mary Grabar (Regnery; 327 pp., $29.99). Mary Grabar has performed an invaluable service by taking the time to dissect Howard Zinn’s polemical attack on America, A People’s History of the United States (1980). Christus Vincit: Christ’s Triumph Over the Darkness of the Age, by Bishop Athanasius Schneider and Diane Montagna (Angelico Press; 338 pp., $30.00). How are the Vatican’s Amazon Synod, a board meeting of GlaxoSmithKline, and a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee different?

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  • George O'Brien: American Star
    December 2019

    George O'Brien: American Star

    WWI veteran George O’Brien became a star in Hollywood with his breakout performance in John Ford’s silent film epic, The Iron Horse. Handsome and built like the top athlete he was, O’Brien appeared in 11 more Ford movies and 85 films altogether, a successful career punctuated by voluntary and selfless distinction in two more wars, WWII and Korea. O’Brien represented all that was best in Hollywood and in America, which perhaps explains why he is forgotten today by a different Hollywood and a different America.

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  • The British Invasion of the Ozarks
    September 2019

    The British Invasion of the Ozarks

    Chronicles readers may recall my “Old Route 66” (September 2013) and “Keep the Water on Your Right” (February 2015) motorcycle travelogues, in which I rode through small towns and rural areas to reconnect with the land and people of America. A road trip can do this like no other kind of journey, and doing one astride a motorcycle creates an intimacy with the road absent in other vehicles. Riding a motorcycle, one is exposed to every scent in the air, whether good or ill.

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  • The Old West's Deadly Doctor
    August 2019

    The Old West's Deadly Doctor

    Most Americans know of Doc Holliday only as Wyatt Earp’s sidekick. He was much more than that. He was not only one of the most colorful characters in the Old West but also one of the most feared. He acquired the nickname “Doc” honestly, earning a degree in dentistry and practicing in several towns. However, he eventually spent nearly all his time as a professional gambler and occasionally as a gunfighter. He had a vicious temper and feared no man, perhaps because tuberculosis had already given him a death sentence.

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  • Getting Real About Reparations
    June 2019

    Getting Real About Reparations

    The call for slavery reparations is reverberating throughout the land once again. It will be entertaining to watch the Democratic presidential candidates for 2020 position themselves on this topic.

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  • James Howard: Two-Theater Double Ace
    April 2019

    James Howard: Two-Theater Double Ace

    One would think the only American fighter pilot to earn the Medal of Honor in World War II in Europe would be remembered and honored, or at least mentioned in history textbooks in high school and college. No such luck today.

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  • William Lundigan
    February 2019

    William Lundigan

    Of our 20th-century wars World War II stands alone. In a sneak attack early on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, Japanese naval forces bombed Pearl Harbor. As reports were broadcast throughout the day American shock turned to anger.

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