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An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States
An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States Author:Charles A. Beard When Charles A. Beard, one of the great figures in American history, first published this book it caused a sensation in academic circles ... and became the storm-center of a continuing historical controversy which even now, more than a half century later, shows few signs of abating. — Beard scrutinized the Constitution from the viewpoint of the e... more »conomic interests and conflicts of the late eighteenth century, and of the individual makers and signers. His intention was to clarify this great document in the light of economics. He once stated: "It was largely by recognizing the power of economic interests in the field of politics and by making skillful use of them that the Fathers of the American Constitution placed themselves among the great practicing statesmen of all ages.... By assiduous study of their works ... our generation may guarantee the perpetuity of government under law, as distinguished from the arbitrament of force."
This economic thesis came under especially heavy attack in the past few years, when Robert E. Brown published his MIDDLE-CLASS DEMOCRACY IN MASSACHUSETTS, and Forrest McDonald his WE, THE PEOPLE. Most recently, the distinguished historian, Lee Benson, vigorously criticized Beard's critics in his TURNER AND BEARD: AMERICAN HISTORICAL WRITING RECONSIDERED....« less