An economic interpretation of the Constitution of the United States

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Free Press, Sep 5, 1986 - History - 330 pages
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In this new printing of a major classic in American historiography, Louis Filler provides a sense of the person behind the book, the background that enabled Beard to move well beyond the shibboleths of the second decade of the twentieth century. While the controversies over Beard's book have quieted, the issues which it raised have hardly abated. Indeed, one can say that just about every major work in the politics and economics of the American nation must contend with Beard's classic work. Beard's work rests on an examination of primary documents: land and slave owners, geographic distribution of money, ownership of public securities, the specific condition of those who were disenfranchised as well as those who were in charge of the nascent American economy.

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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

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About the author (1986)

Charles A. Beard (1874-1948) taught at Columbia University and then resigned to become a founder of The New School for Social Research.