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An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States

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This famous studyand#160;and#8212; one of the most influential in the area of American economic historyand#160;and#8212; brought a halt to Americans' uncritical reverence for their country's revolutionary past. Questioning the Founding Fathers' motivations in drafting the Constitution, it viewed the results as a product of economic self-interest. Perhaps the most controversial books of its time.

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One of the classic revisionist histories of the 20th century, Beard's 1913 history of the economic interests that lay behind the formation of the United States Constitution is here reproduced in unabridged format. Beard first surveys the economic structure of the newly independent country and then describes the ways in which property safeguards helped select the delegates to the constitutional convention. He then reviews the individual economic interests of the delegates and explains how these interests often lay behind the positions taken at the constitution. He also discusses the role of economics in the process of ratification and the popular vote on the Constitution. His conclusion that the Constitution represented a victory of personality (or personal property) interests over farming and debtor interests, were controversial at the time of publication and remain so today. This work is cited in Books for College Libraries, 3d ed.
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This famous study — one of the most influential in the area of American economic history — brought a halt to Americans' uncritical reverence for their country's revolutionary past. Questioning the Founding Fathers' motivations in drafting the Constitution, it viewed the results as a product of economic self-interest. Perhaps the most controversial books of its time.

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ISBN:
9780486433653
Author:
Beard, Charles Austin
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Beard, Charles A.
Author:
Beard, Charles Austin
Location:
Mineola, N.Y.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
Constitutional law
Subject:
Economic liberties
Subject:
Constitutional law -- Economic aspects.
Subject:
Economic liberties (U.S. Constitution)
Subject:
US History-Colonial America
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
12
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.83 lb

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This famous study — one of the most influential in the area of American economic history — brought a halt to Americans' uncritical reverence for their country's revolutionary past. Questioning the Founding Fathers' motivations in drafting the Constitution, it viewed the results as a product of economic self-interest. Perhaps the most controversial books of its time.

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