Department Chair

Andrew D. Nicholls, Ph.D., Professor of History

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Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

History, M.A.


History and Social Studies Education Department


Gary Marotta, Ph.D., Professor of History

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First Reader

Gary Marotta, Ph.D., Professor of History

Second Reader

John D. Abromeit, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History



Ralph Raico: Champion of Authentic Liberalism

This paper explores the intellectual life and writings of Professor Emeritus in History at Buffalo State College, Ralph Raico. The central thesis seeks to portray Professor Raico as the great modern libertarian revisionist historian, and the great modern champion of historical, classical liberalism. More broadly, the work attempts to solidify Professor Raico’s reputation as a major figure in the modern American libertarian movement.

Raico’s intellectual foundations are fully developed, beginning from grade school at Bronx High School of Science, to his attendance of Ludwig von Mises’s New York University seminar, to his P.h.D. work under Friedrich A. Hayek at the University of Chicago. His close associations with other libertarian giants, such as Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard, are also explored. Raico’s overall academic achievements are surveyed, including his editing of the New Individualist Review and Inquiry magazine, his years at Buffalo State College, and some of his major writings. This work is written in a spirit of commemoration.