An Economic Interpretation Of The Constitution Of The United States

An Economic Interpretation Of The Constitution Of The United States

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by Charles A. Beard
     
 

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A CONTROVERSIAL INTERPRETATION OF THE FOUNDERS' INTENTIONS
Beard's interpretation proposes that the Framers of the Federal
Constitution were motivated primarily by economic concerns.
This argument was widely held until the late 1950s, when it was gradually undermined by later research, much of it stimulated by
Beard's work. Although most scholars today see

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A CONTROVERSIAL INTERPRETATION OF THE FOUNDERS' INTENTIONS
Beard's interpretation proposes that the Framers of the Federal
Constitution were motivated primarily by economic concerns.
This argument was widely held until the late 1950s, when it was gradually undermined by later research, much of it stimulated by
Beard's work. Although most scholars today see the origins of the revolution in terms of the history of ideas, especially republicanism,
Beard's work remains fundamental and has insured a continued focus on the economic aspect of the nation's establishment, as well as a wider awareness of the role of economic interests in history.

". . . one of 'the basic works' on the Federal Convention of 1787." --JAMES WILLARD HURST, The Growth of American Law 458

CHARLES A. BEARD [1874-1948] was one of the most influential American historians of the first half of the 20th century. A founder of The New School for Social Research, he was the author of several works including T he Supreme Court and the Constitution (1912), Economic Origins of Jeffersonian Democracy (1915) and The Rise of American Civilization (1927), co-written with his wife, the historian Mary Beard.

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Library Journal
In this 1913 volume, Beard, the founder of the New School for Social Research, contends that the Founding Fathers included a clear strategy for Colonial economics in the writing of the Constitution. A staple for history and economics collections. (Classic Returns, LJ 11/1/98)
Booknews
Beard (1874-1948), who taught at Columbia University and was a founder of The New School for Social Research, uses the letters, papers, and documents of the men who took part in framing and adopting the Constitution to assess their economic interests in it. The new introduction to this classic in American historiography provides a sense of the person behind the book. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9781616192075
Publisher:
The Lawbook Exchange
Publication date:
09/12/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

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