University professor. Born– January 7, 1927, Orange, Tex. Parents– Forrest and Myra (McGill) McDonald. Children– Six. Married– Ellen Shapiro, August 1, 1963. Education– B.A. and M.A., University of Texas, 1949; Ph.D., 1955. 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. 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.


Contemporary Authors, Vol. NR5 and from 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.