Leo Ribuffo, scholar of the far-right political movement, dies at 73

Jan 18, 2019 121

BY: Bart Barnes

Leo P. Ribuffo, a scholar of American political history who specialized in examining the rise of the far right, arguing that mainstream historians had underestimated and misunderstood its influence, died Nov. 27 at his home in Washington. He was 73. The cause was hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, said a friend, Bruce Rich.

Dr. Ribuffo, a professor at George Washington University, was widely known among academic historians for his 1983 book, “The Old Christian Right: The Protestant Far Right From the Great Depression to the Cold War.” It won the Merle Curti Award from the Organization of American Historians for the best book of the year in American social or intellectual history.

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