Forrest McDonald
Distinguished University Professor
(Ph.D., Texas)

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U.S. constitutional; economic and business; South

See "The Speech." Address to last class taught as a regular member of the faculty at the University of Alabama.

BORN Orange, Texas, January 7, 1927.  Graduated Orange High School, 1943.  Served U.S. Navy, 1945-46.  Married.  Five children.

Education: B.A., 1949; M.A., 1949; Ph.D., 1955--University of Texas, Austin.

Professional Employment:

University ot Texas, Teaching Fellow, 1950-51

State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1953-58

Brown University, Associate Professor, 1959-64;
Professor, 1964-67

Wayne State University, Professor, 1967-76

University of Alabama, Professor, 1976-87; Distinguished University Research Professor, 1987--

Visiting Professorships:

Columbia (1962); Duke (1963); N.Y.U. (1966); University of West Florida (1975); James Pinckney Harrison Professor, College of William and Mary (1986-87)

Honors and Fellowships:

Social Science Research Council, Research Training Fellow, 1951-53

Master of Arts, Honorary Degree, Brown University, 1962

Guggenheim Fellow, 1962-63

Volker Fund Fellowship, 1962-63

Relm Foundation Fellowship, 1965

Earhart Fellowships, 1969, 1976, 1984

American Council of Learned Societies, Research Grant, 1975

Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award, Wayne State University, 1975

George Washington Medal (Freedom's Foundation), 1980

Fraunces Tavern Book Award, for Alexander Hamilton, 1980

Outstanding Scholar Award, University of Alabama, 1980

First Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award, University of Alabama, 1980

Mortar Board, Honorary Membership, 1982

Board of Foreign Scholarships (Presidential Appointment), 1985-87

Finalist, Pulitzer Prize, for Novus Ordo Seclorum, 1986

American Revolution Round Table Book Award, 1986

Benchmark Book Award, 1986

National Endowment for the Humanities, 16th Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities, 1987

Doctor of Humane Letters, Honorary Degree, SUNY-Geneseo, 1989

Ingersoll Prize, Richard M. Weaver Award for Scholarly Letters, 1990

Heritage Foundation, Salvatori Award for Academic Excellence, 1992

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Henry J. Salvatori Award for The American Presidency, 1994

Frederick Moody Blackmon--Sarah McCorkle Moody Outstanding Professor Award, University of Alabama, 1995

Alabama Library Association 1996 Nonfiction Book Award

The Templeton Honor Tolls for Education in a Free Society, 1997-1998:

Professors; Scholarly Books, We The People

Mount Vernon Society in conjunction with the Organization of American Historians selected The Presidency of George Washington one of the Ten Great Books on George Washington, 1998

Advisory and professional services:

Rovensky Fellowship Selection Committee, 1965-88

National Review, Contributor, 1978--

Continuity, Board of Editors, 1980-

Richard M. Weaver Fellowship Selection Committee, 1980--

Encyclopedia Britannica Editorial Review Board, 1981-82, 1998

The Southern Historian, Faculty Advisor, 1983-89
Bicentennial of the Constitution, Claremont Advisory Board, 1983-89

Intercollegiate Review, Board of Editors, 1984--

Department of Education, Reader, Graduate Fellow Program, 1985, 1986

National Humanities Institute, Academic Board, 1985--

Constitution magazine, Advisory Board, 1988-94

National Legal Center for the Public Interest, Academic Council, 1988-94

Campus: America's Student Newspaper, Advisory Board, 1990--

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, Editorial Board, 1990-92

Rockford Institute, Board of Directors, 1990-94

Birmingham Federalist Society, Board of Directors, 1990-St. George Tucker Society, Secretary of the Publications Committee, 1991-92

Heritage Foundation, Salvatori Center Advisory Council, 1992--

Center for the Study of Interactive Learning, Advisory Council, 1992-96

Philadelphia Society, President, 1988-90, Trustee, 1983-86, 1988-91, 1994-97

Earhart Foundation, Academic Sponsor Fellowship Program, 1993-94, 1998-99

Adair Prize Committee, Selection Committee, 1995-96

Grady Mcwhiney Research Foundation, Senior Fellow, 1997--

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Lady Thatcher Essay Competition, 1997

Presidential Studies Quarterly, Board of Editors, 1998--

Biographical and historiographic articles about Forrest McDonald:

"Forrest McDonald," by Justus Doenecke, The Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 17, Detroit, 1983

"If Jefferson et al Could See Us Now," by Leslie Maitland Werner, New York Times, February 12, 1987

"Forrest McDonald, the 1987 Jefferson Lecturer," by Linda Blanken, Humanities, March-April, 1987

"Historian Calls for Sustained Adherence to the Framers' Precepts," by Angus Paul, The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 6, 1987

Who's Who in America, starting in the 45th edition, 1988

Also listed in "The World Who's Who of Authors," 1975--; "Dictionary of International Biography," 1976--; "Directory of American Scholars," 6th edition--, "The Jnternational Authors and Writers Who's Who," 8th edition--; "Men of Achievement," 5th edition; "Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans," 9th and 11th editions; "International Who's Who in Education," 1980; "International Who's Who in Community Service," 3rd edition; "Who's Who in the South and Southwest," 17th edition--.


1. Books:

Let There Be Light: The Electric Utility Industry in Wisconsin (Madison:  American History Research Center, 1957)

We The People:  The Economic Origins of the Constitution (Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 1958; new ed. New Brunswick:  Transaction, 1992)

Insull (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1962)

E Pluribus Unum:  The Formation of the American Republic (Boston:  Houghton-Mifflin, 1965; new ed., Indianapolis:  Liberty Press, 1979)

The Presidency of George Washington (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1974, paperback ed., 1985)

The Phaeton Ride:  The Crisis of American Success (New York:  Doubleday, 1974)

The Presidency of Thomas Jefferson (Lawrence,  University Press of Kansas, 1976; paperback ed., 1987)

Alexander Hamilton: A Biography (New York:  Norton, 1979; paperback ed., 1980)

Novus Ordo Seclorum: The Intellectual Origins of the Constitution (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1985; paperback ed., 1987)

Requiem:  Variations on Eighteenth-Century Themes (Lawrence:  University Press of Kansas, 1988), with Ellen Shapiro McDonald

The American Presidency:  An Intellectual History (Lawrence:  University Press of Kansas, 1994; paperback ed., 1995)

2. Children's Books:

Enough Wise Men:  The Story of Our Constitution (New York:  G.P. Putnam, 1970)

The Boys Were Men: The American Navy in the Age of Fighting Sail (New York:G.P. Putnam, 1971)

3. Textbooks:

The Torch is Passed:  The United States in the Twentieth Century (Reading:Addison-Wesley, 1969)

The Last Best Hope:  A History of the United States (Reading:  Addison-Wesley, 1972), 3 vols. with Leslie Decker and Thomas Govan

A Constitutional History of the United States (New York:  Franklin Watts, 1982; new ed. Kneger, 1986)

4. Edited Volumes:

Empire and Nation: John Dickinson and Richard Henry Lee (Englewood Cliffs:Prentice-Hall, 1962; new ed. Indianapolis: Liberty Press, 1999)

Confederation and Constitution, 1781-1789 (New York:  Harper & Row, 1968), with Ellen Shapiro McDonald

5. Secondary Authorship:

First Hand America, David Burner with Eugene Genovese, Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Forrest McDonald (St. James, NY:  Brandywine Press, 1990)

6. Chapters in published volumes:

"The Fourth Phase:  The Completion of the Continental Union, 1789-1792," Fame and the Founding Fathers, ed. Edmund Willis  (Bethelem:
Moravian College, 1967)

"Charles A. Beard," Pastmasters: Some Essays on American Historians, eds. Marcus Cunliffe and Robin Winks (New York: Harper & Row, 1969)

"Background Essay on the Constitutional Convention," The American Constitution: A Simulation Exercise, eds. William Coplin and Leonard Stittleman (Chicago:  Science Research Associates, 1969)

"The American Revolution in International and Regional Perspective," Perspectives on the American Revolution, ed. James Haw (Fort Wayne, Indiana University Council on the Humanities, 1975)

"The Constitution and Hamiltonian Capitalism," How Capitalistic Was the Constitution?, eds. Robert Goldwin and William Schambra  (Washington, D.C.:
American Enterprise Institute, 1982)

"A New Introduction," Charles A. Beard, An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States (New York:  Free Press, 1986)

"Interpreting the Constitution:  Judges versus History," John M. Olin Lectures on the Bicentennial (Washington, D.C.: Young America's Foundation, 1987)

"Prologue," Grady McWhiney, Cracker Culture: Celtic Ways in the Old South (Tuscaloosa:  University of Alabama Press, 1988)

"Economic Freedom and the Constitution:  The Design of the Framers," Public Choice and Constitutional Economics, eds. James Gwartney and Richard Wagner (Greenwich: JAI Press, 1988)

"Forrest  McDonald:  Historian,"  Bill Moyers, A World of Ideas:  Conversations with Thoughtful Men and Women about American Life Today and the Ideas Shaping our Future (New York:  Doubleday, 1989)

"Introduction," Records of the Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 as Reported by James Madison (Birmingham:  Legal Classics Library, 1989)

"Cultural Continuity and the Shaping of the American South," Geographic Perspectives in History, eds. Eugene Genovese and Leonard Hochberg (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1989)

"Washington, Cato, and Honor:  A Model for Revolutionary Leadership," American Models of Revolutionary Leadership, eds. Daniel J. Elazar and Ellis Katz (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1992)

"I Have Seen the Past and It Works," Derailing the Constitution:  The Undermining of American Federalism, ed. Edward B. McLean {Bryn Mawr, PA:
Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 1994)

"The Bill of Rights, Unnecessary and Pernicious," The Bill of Rights: Government Proscribed, ed. Peter Albert (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1997)

*Additionally, Dr. McDonald has published dozens of articles for major publications and over one hundred scholarly book reviews.

7. Movie script:

"Design for Liberty:  The American Constitution," Liberty Fund production through Wadlow Grosvernor International, London, 1986

8. Published transcripts of TV interviews in:

Bill Moyers, A World of Ideas, New York:  Doubleday, 1989

Brian Lamb, Booknotes, New York:  Times Books, 1997