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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
ISBN 13: 9780029024805
ISBN 10: 29024803
Edition: Reissue
Publisher: Free Press
Publication Date: 1986-09-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 330
List Price: $21.95

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. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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)