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An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of The United States - Charles A. Beard

An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of The United States

Paperback Published: 5th September 1986
ISBN: 9780029024805
Number Of Pages: 330

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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.

"Here again is the original constitutional skeptic to remind Americans that our republic's authors had not only intellects but interests. Charles Beard set out to jolt his contemporaries out of their pious admiration of the constitution's framers. His economic interpretation remains a lively, surprisingly humorous and sharp-witted analysis of the nation's beginnings. Reading it today, the book aims a keen and pointed thrust at the originalism of our own age." -- Professor Eric Rauchway, University of California Davis Department of History "One hundred years after it first appeared, Charles Beard's An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution still commands our attention as a classic of historical scholarship -- not because every view Beard put forward has stood the test of time but because the questions he raised about the intersections of economic and political power are just as relevant today as when he wrote." -- Professor Eric Foner, Columbia University Department of History "This is the book that started us all on the journey to understanding the complex motives and conflicting interests that shaped our constitution. 100 years after its publication, it still has the power to excite and exasperate, to stir fierce debate and to inspire new interpretations." -- Carol Berkin, Presidential Professor of History, Emerita, Baruch College & The Graduate Center, CUNY

Historical Interpretation in the United Statesp. 1
A Survey of Economic Interests in 1787p. 19
The Movement for the Constitutionp. 52
Property Safeguards in the Election of Delegatesp. 64
The Economic Interests of the Members of the Conventionp. 73
The Constitution as an Economic Documentp. 152
The Political Doctrines of the Members of the Conventionp. 189
The Process of Ratificationp. 217
The Popular Vote on the Constitutionp. 239
The Economics of the Vote on the Constitutionp. 253
The Economic Conflict over Ratification as viewed by Contemporariesp. 292
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ISBN: 9780029024805
ISBN-10: 0029024803
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 330
Published: 5th September 1986
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 14.0  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1