Historian; University professor. Born– January 7, 1927, Orange, Tex. Parents– Forrest and Myra (McGill) McDonald. Married– Ellen Shapiro, August 1, 1963. Children–six. Education– B.A., M.A., Ph.D., (1955), University of Texas at Austin. Employed as a research training fellow, Social Science Research Council, Washington, D.C., 1951-1953; utility research director, Wisconsin Historical Society, 1953-1956; executive secretary, American History Reseach Center, 1956-1958; taught, Brown University, 1958-1967; Wayne State University, 1967-1976; University of Alabama, 1976-2002. At Alabama was a fellow, Center for the Study of Southern History and Culture; Volker Fellow, 1959; Guggenheim fellow, 1962-1963; George Washington Medal of Honor from Freedom Foundation, 1980; Jefferson Lecturer, 1987. Died January 19, 2016.
Contemporary Authors online; obituary; files at Alabama Public Library Service.
Alexander Hamilton, a Biography. New York; Norton, 1980.
The Anti-Federalist, 1781-1789. Indianapolis, Ind.; Bobbs-Merrill, 1963.
The Boys Were Men. New York; Putnam, 1971.
E Pluribus Unum; the Foundation of the American Republic, 1776-1790. Boston; Houghton, 1965.
Enough Wise Men; the Story of Our Constitution. New York; Putnam, 1970.
Insull. Chicago; University of Chicago Press, 1962.
Let There Be Light; the Electric Utility Industry in Wisconsin, 1881-1955. Madison, Wisc.; American History Research Center, 1957.
Novus Ordo Seclorum; Intellectual Origins of the Constitution. Lawrence; University Press of Kansas, 1985.
The Phaeton Ride; the Crisis of American Success. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice-Hall, 1974.
The Presidency of George Washington. Lawrence; University Press of Kansas, 1974.
The Presidency of Thomas Jefferson. Lawrence; University Press of Kansas, 1976.
The Torch Is Passed; the United States in the Twentieth Century. Reading, Mass.; Addison-Wesley, 1968. (also published with the title The United States in The Twentieth Century).
We the People; the Economic Origins of the Constitution. Chicago; University of Chicago Press, 1958.
A Constitutional History of the United States. New York; F. Watts, 1982.
The Last Best Hope; a History of the United States. Reading, Mass.; Addison-Wesley, 1972.
Requiem; Variations of Eighteenth-Century Themes. Lawrence, Kan.; University Press of Kansas, 1988.
Confederation and Constitution. New York; Harper, 1968.
Empire and Nation. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice-Hall, 1962.