An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of The United States

Front Cover
Free Press, Sep 5, 1986 - Political Science - 330 pages
22 Reviews
First published in 1913, Beardís iconoclastic masterwork sparked a deep historical debate that has not abated. Scrutinizing the Constitution in light of economic forces, he proposed for the first time that this politico-legal document was shaped by a group of men whose commercial interests were best served by its provisions. One hundred years later, An Economic Interpretation continues to stand the test of time, raising important questions about commercial and political power and generating radical new insights into our laws and our economy.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States

User Review  - C. Scott - Goodreads

Scholarly writing is very difficult for me to get through, but I was very happy that I forced myself to plow through this volume. Beard's message is as important now as it was when it was written 100 ... Read full review

Review: An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States

User Review  - sologdin - Goodreads

famous text, this, regarding the economic interests that controlled the drafting of the constitution. preface by modern scholar attempts to throw author's argument under the bus. although it may be ... Read full review


Introduction to the 1935 Edition
Historical Interpretation in the United States

11 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1986)

Charles A. Beard (1874-1948) is considered one of the most influential American historians in the first half of the twentieth century. Some of his works include Economic Origins of Jeffersonian Democracy, and The Administration and Politics of Tokyo.

Bibliographic information