Rob McDonald

Rob McDonald

Professor of History
US Military Academy at West Point

Rob McDonald is a professor of American History at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a specialist on Thomas Jefferson and the early American republic. He is editor of Thomas Jefferson’s Military Academy: Founding West Point (University of Virginia Press, 2004) and is completing a book to be titled Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson and the Politics of Personality. McDonald is a graduate of the University of Virginia, Oxford University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned his PhD.

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The Market Revolution

What is the market revolution? How has it affected our daily lives? Was it good for ordinary Americans? What caused it? Was the market revolution good for humanity? Through a…

The American Founding in Practice

From the IHS Vault: History professor Rob McDonald of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point gives a lecture on the conflict between the ideals of the American Revolution, such…