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April 19: A great historian tells us why we are in trouble


A talk about current America in historic context by one of the greats of the history profession, Forrest McDonald.

When: Wednesday April 19, 12:00-1:30 PM

Where: Indiana Convention Center.

A distinguished history professor at the University of Alabama since 1976, Dr. McDonald is one of the nation’s most prolific authors on historical themes and one of the most honored. A Pulitzer finalist in 1986, he is widely acclaimed for biographical studies of late 18th and early 19th century figures, especially Washington, Jefferson and Hamilton. He also is co-author of three collegiate textbooks on American history. You can check out his books here. My personal favorite is Novus Ordo Seclorum: The Intellectual Origins of the Constitution. MacDonald is a traditionally-minded historian who has been lionized by conservatives for refuting Charles Beard's "Economic Interpretation of the Constitution." I had assumed that Beard had been done in by his simplistic reductionism long before McDonald whacked away at ever so great length in We the People. For a flavor of McDonald's criticism of contemporary academia and kids these days, see his farewell lecture. Expect more of the same at this Economic Club luncheon.


For information about how to attend this Economic Club luncheon, go here.

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