Richard T. Drinnon

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Richard T. Drinnon (born January 4, 1925, in Portland, Oregon;[1] 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.[2] 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 whom he believed were associated with communism.[3]

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.[4]



  • 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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  1. ^ Clare D. Kinsman; Christine Nasso (1975). Contemporary authors: a bio-bibliographical guide to current authors and their works, Volumes 21-24. Gale Research Company. Retrieved 2012-01-21.
  2. ^ "Faculty", Bucknell University, accessed: 20 January 2011
  3. ^ "Accused in Shooting, He Tells His Story". St. Petersburg Times. January 21, 1961. p. 2-A.
  4. ^ "Students Walk Out on Humphrey Again". Charleston News and Courier. May 5, 1968. p. 10-A.

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