Rob McDonald’s research and writing focuses on the politics and public culture of the American Revolution and Early Republic. His interests include the shaping of popular opinion as well as the relationship between history and memory. His current projects focus on the Declaration of Independence. One, in its early stages, examines the mounting argument in favor of independence in the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party. The other, intended to result in a volume co-edited with Seanegan P. Sculley, features essays examining the ways in which, in the nearly 250 years since 1776, successive generations of Americans leveraged the Declaration in different ways, for different purposes, and to advance sometimes competing causes.