Liberty in the Writings of Forrest McDonald


This conference examined the writings of Forrest McDonald related to the foundations of the American Constitution and some of the major alternative arguments in the writings of other historians. We examined the economic origins of the Constitution, basic constitutional institutions, the role of Alexander Hamilton in founding the Republic, and the rise and fall of federalism as a key element of the American system.


Conference Readings

Beard, Charles Austin. An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States [with a new introduction by Forrest McDonald]. New York: The Free Press, 1986.

DiLorenzo, Thomas J. Hamilton’s Curse: How Jefferson’s Archenemy Betrayed the American Revolution and What It Means for Americans Today. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2008.

McDonald, Forrest. “Why Yankees Won't (and Can't) Leave the South Alone.” The Southern Partisan (Winter 1985): 15-19.

McDonald, Forrest. Recovering the Past: A Historian's Memoir. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 2004.

McDonald, Forrest. E Pluribus Unum: The Formation of the American Republic, 1776–1790. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1979.

McDonald, Forrest. Novus Ordo Seclorum: The Intellectual Origins of the Constitution. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 1985.

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

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

McDonald, Forrest. Alexander Hamilton: A Biography. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1982.

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

McWhiney, Grady. Cracker Culture: Celtic Ways in the Old South [with a prologue by Forrest McDonald]. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1989.

Wood, Gordon S. The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1998.