Roger D. McGrath

Corresponding editor Roger D. McGrath is the author of Gunfighters, Highwaymen, and Vigilantes.  A U.S. Marine and former history professor at UCLA, Dr. McGrath has appeared on numerous documentaries, including Big History, Cowboys & Outlaws, Jesse James: Legend, Outlaw, Terrorist, and Wild West Tech.

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  • December 2017

    The Klondike Stampede, Part I

    It has always surprised me that the last great gold rush in North America is mostly absent from American history textbooks, especially those of more recent vintage. It’s as if the stampede to the Klondike never happened.

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  • September 28, 2017

    Ace of Aces: Richard Bong

    He was an all-American boy who became an American hero in World War II.

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  • October 2017

    The Indians Who Never Were

    Portland and Seattle have developed sizeable communities of disaffected leftists who are antagonistic toward everything that is traditional America. Hundreds of young folks are ready at a moment’s notice to flood into the streets to protest the offense du jour.

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  • August 2017

    The Real McCoy

    In the early 1950’s when my family got our first TV set—it had a whopping 12" screen with a green tint—we kids tuned in to The Tim McCoy Show, which aired early Saturday evenings on a local Los Angeles station, KTLA, Channel 5.

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  • June 2017

    White Slaves

    For many years I taught a U.S. history survey course. One of my lecture topics was American slavery. I made a real effort to put the peculiar institution into historical perspective.

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  • Kit Carson
    April 2017

    Kit Carson

    Though the mountain men were responsible for blazing nearly every trail to the Pacific Coast, discovering the natural wonders of the Trans-Mississippi West, and providing the muscle that fueled the fur trade, few gained national recognition.

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  • Butch O’Hare
    February 2017

    Butch O’Hare

    For years I taught a course on the history of World War II. I liked to ask the students if any of them had ever flown into Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Invariably, one or more in each class had.

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  • November 9, 2016

    No Apologies

    I am one of those who has hoped for a Trump victory since he announced his intention to run in the Republican primary. It was simple. He came out forcefully on the issue of immigration, which normally caused Republican candidates to be struck dumb and blind.

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  • December 2016

    Corsair Ace Ken Walsh

    Americans have always loved their real-life Horatio Alger characters. They fired our imagination as children and were worthy of emulating. I hate to see many of those who were an inspiration to me disappear from our histories.

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  • The Gunfighter: Myth or Reality?
    October 2016

    The Gunfighter: Myth or Reality?

    The reality of the Old West does not sit well with many in academe, who take pride in thinking they are debunking what they call cherished myths of the American people. I think this is especially the case when talking about gunfighters.

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  • An Aroused Populace—With Guns
    August 2016

    An Aroused Populace—With Guns

    At the Pulse nightclub on June 16, Omar Seddique Mateen, a Muslim on his own personal jihad, opened fire on the crowd of more than 300. No one shot back. Some tried to hide in the bathrooms.

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  • The Okie From Oildale
    June 2016

    The Okie From Oildale

    A boyhood pastime when I was growing up was building radios. We did it in Cub Scouts and again, at a more sophisticated level, in Boy Scouts. Various kits were available, but we all started with a simple crystal set.

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  • Hollywood’s Lone Ace
    April 2016

    Hollywood’s Lone Ace

    He is virtually unknown to Americans today, though he appeared in 65 movies and was the only actor to become an ace during World War II.

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  • February 2016

    Lee Marvin, Marine

    I first met Lee Marvin in 1964. I had seen him around town for several years. He lived on Latimer Road in Rustic Canyon, a part of our then small, quaint hamlet of Pacific Palisades.

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  • Dining With The Donald
    November 2015

    Dining With The Donald

    When Donald Trump started making noise about running for president, I knew next to nothing about him. Since I don’t watch television, I’m not sure whether I could even have identified him in a lineup.

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  • A Perversion of History
    September 2015

    A Perversion of History

    If you think the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the grounds of the South Carolina capitol was the end of flag controversy, you may be surprised to learn that an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times declared, “It’s time California dump” the Bear Flag, “a symbol of blatant illegality and racial prejudice.

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  • Belleau Wood
    July 2015

    Belleau Wood

    Within the Marine Corps the World War I Battle of Belleau Wood is legendary. Outside the Corps it is relatively unknown.

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  • May 2015

    An American Sniper

    A galloglass was a professional warrior hired by an Irish chief. The practice of employing such men became common in the decades following the Norman invasion, when it became obvious that heavily armed and mail-clad fighters were needed to contest the battlefield.

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  • Keep the Water on Your Right
    February 2015

    Keep the Water on Your Right

    Ever since we rode Old Route 66, the guys in our vintage-motorcycle club have been talking about riding the Pacific Coast from Washington back home to Southern California.

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  • December 2014

    Ernie Nevers

    George Nevers and Mary McKenna were married in 1881 in New Brunswick, Canada. He was from an old Sunbury County family, but her parents were immigrants to neighboring York County from Ireland.

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