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An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of The United States epub

by Charles A. Beard


An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of The United States epub

ISBN: 0029024803

ISBN13: 978-0029024805

Author: Charles A. Beard

Category: Other

Subcategory: Humanities

Language: English

Publisher: Free Press; Reissue edition (September 5, 1986)

Pages: 330 pages

ePUB book: 1497 kb

FB2 book: 1644 kb

Rating: 4.8

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An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States is a 1913 book by American historian Charles A. Beard. An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States argues that the structure of the Constitution of the United.

An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States is a 1913 book by American historian Charles A. An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States argues that the structure of the Constitution of the United States was motivated primarily by the personal financial interests of the Founding Fathers; Beard contends that the authors of The Federalist Papers represented an interest group themselves.

The book itself is an intriguing look at the Constitution as well as the early 20th century view of the body politic. Charles A Beard has made some interesting revelations.

any student of the Constitution. To Beard, the Constitution is an economic document. Although the prose is academic and dry, the book moves along well; and at only 325 pages it won't seem a burden to finish. While he states his case convincingly, his study is limited by the scarcity (in 1913 anyway) of documentary evidence of the Treasury Department under Hamilton, the Convention itself, the state ratifying conventions, and other record books that would have tracked tax payments, property ownership, debts paid, etc etc.

An Economic Interpretation of The Constitution of The United States. Madison's view of the Constitution seemed in flat contradiction to most of the theorising about the Constitution to which I had been accustomed in colleges, universities, and legal circles

An Economic Interpretation of The Constitution of The United States. New York The Macmillan Company. Madison's view of the Constitution seemed in flat contradiction to most of the theorising about the Constitution to which I had been accustomed in colleges, universities, and legal circles. It is true, older historians, such as Hildreth, had pointed out that there had been a sharp struggle over the formation and adoption of the Constitution, and that in the struggle an alignment of economic interests had taken place.

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In this book he claimed that the Constitution had been formulated by interest groups whose motivations were just as much personal financial ones as they were political ones. its most famous expression in An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States (1913). In this book he claimed that the Constitution had been formulated by interest groups whose motivations were just as much personal financial ones as they were political ones. In historiography: The United States.

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This famous study - one of the most influential in the area of American economic history - brought a halt to.

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. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

It argues that the structure of the Constitution of the United States was motivated primarily by the economic interests of the Founding Fathers

It argues that the structure of the Constitution of the United States was motivated primarily by the economic interests of the Founding Fathers. More specifically, Beard contends that the Constitutional Convention was attended by, and the Constitution was therefore written by, a "cohesive" elite seeking to protect its property and economic standing.

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First published in 1913, Beard’s iconoclastic masterwork sparked a deep historical debate that has not abated. Scrutinizing the Constitution in light of economic forces, he proposed for the first time that this politico-legal document was shaped by a group of men whose commercial interests were best served by its provisions. One hundred years later, An Economic Interpretation continues to stand the test of time, raising important questions about commercial and political power and generating radical new insights into our laws and our economy.
Excellent. However not for the blind American Exceptionalism fanatic who does not accept economic facts that takes the patriotism edge off the historic inculcation of our society (probably the reason there are few modern versions of this work). The study is strictly about economic considerations of the "founding fathers" (state by state and wealth by wealth, debtors and creditors) who needed to shore up the safety of their wealth and power. Explains how the Constitutional Convention came about (without an effective delegate process), how the economic structures were involved (personalty/real estate ; farmers; manufacturers; trades; etc.). My opinion: should be history classes in upper high school especially in AP History. After reading this I understand why certain states are attacking AP history to censor knowledge. I am an 8 year USN, Viet Nam era veteran. I love my country. But I also know that the suppression of historical fact disables any ability to solve current and future problems. Loved this OLD book.
The book itself is an intriguing look at the Constitution as well as the early 20th century view of the body politic. It's a shame that the Kindle edition reviewed here was such a poor copy. Do not go Kindle with this one. People buying a paper-back copy had a much easier time reading the material and understanding the footnotes. Something lost in the Kindle edition which placed the footnotes in the same size font and without line break to distinguish this information from the text. An important, controversial work of economic history - an important addition to any historian's library. Just not this edition.
I first reviewed the book thirty-five years ago when when I was completing my undergrad degree in Business Administration. Two years later I completed my Grad (Masters) degree in Economics, but because of my constant moving around I lost track of the book. However, I could not forget the impression I got from my initial review of how the architects of the U S Constitution was comprised of the Rich, Powerful, and Educated class (and some slave owners) all of whom had a personal interest as to how the
U S Government was to be formed, and managed. With the exception of Slave owners, nothing has changed. If it were not for the right to vote, the common citizens (not rich, powerful, or well educated) are just pawns on the Chess Board of our society. Thank God there are no Slave Owners (?). Maybe after I finish reading the book from cover to cover for the second time I may have a different point of view, but I don't think so. Charles A Beard has made some interesting revelations. Maybe, if more Americans would review this book, they would have a better understanding of how our government works or at least who runs it.

Herbert J Bailey
A wonderful economic treatise on the underlying motives of the founding fathers and politics of colonial times. Should be a reference guide to high school classes on political science!
It is hard to admit, but my High School history teacher did his best to get me to read this, and although i was too dim to take his advice, i was a real jerk then, and I seriously doubt any of it would have set in. I truly glorious work that should dispel ANY linger fondness for the "Founding Fathers", James Maqdison, Alexander Hamilton, any many if not most of the rest. No wonder no one took notes on the Convention. And what happened to the early Treasury Dept records of redemptions of war bonds? HA HA!! Now that is real stonewalling.
I'm not sure this is the edition of Beard's book that I bought.
It was a little tedious when he goes through the details man by man, but it is the detail that makes this worth reading. Overall I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Constitution. He supports his theory with considerable documentation. I had no idea that so many people were against ratifying the Constitution.
This is a excellent book to consider if you desire to have a greater knowledge of the details of the members, at least those who were allowed to participate, at the Continental Congress.

All of the information is cited and well presented. It is also extremely topical today as the debates still rage over what the Founding Fathers truly intended for our Republic.

Many Conservatives and Libertarians mistakenly reference this book as the reason for the the dominance of free market economics in our politics but the book clearly refutes that premise and instead clearly presents the historical reality of how special interests, as described by Mr. Beard as the holders of scripts, or debt as we now call it, and their efforts suppress the will and efforts of the free holders, or the subsidence farmers, of any real influence at the Convention and the individual state elections to ratify the proposed Constitution.

It is also a well established fact that these very same men wanted to shape a English style parliamentary style government here in the colonies, that would prevent any sudden or rapid changes ignited by the people to occur.

Fast forward to today and if you care about our country, no matter what your political beliefs or delusions are, you should read this book and hopefully experience a reality check.

As Mark Twain once said 146 years ago "These lobbyists are called our invisible government in Washington, with headquarters on Wall Street. The rich corporations have to be shielded and protected in the Congress, and this requires vast sums of money to keep their political party in power. And they understand that the members of Congress did not get elected to serve their country for nothing. There are a lot of poor people in the Congress, every Congress, and they need looking after. They’re an expensive lot."

It painfully clearly that frame work of this system occurred at the inception of our country, a frame work driven by self interests. It is also clear that the US Constitution is not written to only benefit the rich and powerful but it is how they, the special interests, interpreted it and ultimately manipulate us, the electorate, to accept.

As much now as back then we must all stand for liberty and justice if we are truly to reach a more perfect union, but we must not accept that the needs of few never outweigh the needs of the many.

Or consider this.

John Adams once said this' “I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is a disgrace, that two become a lawfirm, and that three or more become a congress.”