Michael Allen, Ph.D

Michael Allen, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Washington, Tacoma, was born and raised in Ellensburg, Washington, and graduated from Ellensburg High School in 1968. After service as a Marine Corps artilleryman in Vietnam (1969-70), he worked as a Mississippi River towboatman for three years and earned his BA, MA, and PhD in History from, respectively, Central Washington State College, University of Montana, and University of Washington, Seattle. He has taught at Tennessee Technological University, Deep Springs College, Eastern Montana College, and UW Tacoma.

Michael Allen’s eight authored and co-authored books include Mississippi River Valley: The Course of American Civilization (Ames, IA, Iowa State University, 2023); the award-winning Western Rivermen, 1763-1861: Ohio and Mississippi Boatmen and the Myth of the Alligator Horse (Baton Rouge, LSU, 1990); Rodeo Cowboys in the North American Imagination (Reno: University of Nevada, 1998); the co-authored (with Larry Schweikart) #1 New York Times Bestseller, A Patriot’s History of the United States (Penguin/Sentinel 2004, 2014, 2019); The Confederation Congress and the Creation of the First American Trans-Appalachian Settlement Policy, 1783-1787 (Lewiston, NY., Edwin Mellen, 2006); Frontiers of Western History: Origins, Evolution, and Future of Western History, with Mary L. Hanneman, (Needham, Massachusetts: Simon and Schuster Custom Press, second ed. 2007); The Story of Liberty: An 8th Grader’s History of the United States, with John De Gree (San Clemente, CA, 2017). He has three adult children–Jim, Carl David, and Caroline–and lives in Ellensburg. In 1997, he helped found the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Association.

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