Forrest McDonald on the Economics of the Founding and on the Decline of American Federalism


This conference examined the writings of Forrest McDonald on two subjects he wrote about extensively: economics in the early Republic, and the importance of states’ rights and its decline.


Conference Readings

McDonald, Forrest. We the People: The Economic Origins of the Constitution. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 1992.

McDonald, Forrest. "The Founding Fathers and the Economic Order." Economic Club of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 19, 2006.

McDonald, Forrest. States' Rights and the Union: Imperium in Imperio, 1776-1876. Lawrence, Kansas: University of Kansas Press, 2000.

McDonald, Forrest and Ellen Shapiro McDonald. Requiem: Variations on Eighteenth-Century Themes. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1988.