NATCHITOCHES – Dr. James MacDonald has found his research used in a way he never expected. MacDonald, an associate professor of history at Northwestern State University, contributed a chapter to the book, Lincoln’s Enduring Legacy: Perspectives from Great Thinkers, Great Leaders, and the American Experiment, which was used in a creative sculpture at the Ford Theatre Center for Education and Leadership in Washington D.C.
The book was one of 200 titles used as part of a three story tower which rises 34 feet. MacDonald’s chapter, Theodore Roosevelt and the Heirs of Abraham Lincoln, discusses the manner in which Roosevelt emulated Lincoln’s leadership style at various points during his presidency. MacDonald delivered a paper on the subject at a conference at LSU-Shreveport, which led being included in the book.
More information about the book titles and the making of the tower is available at fords.org/home/explore-lincoln/lincoln-book-tower.
MacDonald received his Ph.D. from LSU in 2006. He joined the faculty of Northwestern State in 2007. He teaches classes in American history, specializing in the colonial and revolutionary periods.