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Forrest McDonald, PhD Biography

Former Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Alabama
Con to the question "Was Bill Clinton a Good President?"

“[Bill Clinton] was not a strong president; he was a popular one. Ask yourself, what did he get done? Was there any major legislation he was responsible for? Welfare reform came from the Republican Congress. Health care was a disaster. He simply didn’t get much done. He was a comedy of errors. Everyone approves of what he’s doing, but when you ask the question, no one can say anything he did.”

“Soundbite: 18th Century Man,” by Michael W. Lynch, Reason, Apr. 2001

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of History, University of Alabama
  • Former Professor, Brown University
  • Former Professor, Wayne State University
  • Recipient, Heritage Foundation, Salvatori Award for Academic Excellence, 1992
  • Recipient, Ingersoll Prize, Richard M. Weaver Award for Scholarly Letters, 1990
  • Recipient, Doctor of Humane Letters, Honorary Degree, SUNY-Geneseo, 1989
  • 16th Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1987
  • Board of Foreign Scholarships (Presidential Appointment), 1985-1987
  • Recipient, Benchmark Book Award, 1986

  • Earhart Fellowships, 1969, 1976, 1984
  • Recipient, Outstanding Scholar Award, University of Alabama, 1980
  • Relm Foundation Fellowship, 1965
  • Volker Fund Fellowship, 1962-1963
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 1962-63
  • Social Science Research Council, Research Training Fellow, 1951-53

  • Education:
  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 1955
  • BA, University of Texas at Austin
  • Other:
  • Died Jan. 19, 2016
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Was Bill Clinton a Good President?