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An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States Paperback – May 20, 2004
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"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) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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i) The US constitution was enacted to protect the interests of: a) the moneyed classes (the rich), b) the bond and stock holding classes (the rich speculators), c) the manufacturing interests (rich capitalists), and trade and shipping interests (the rich capitalist speculators).
ii) The constitution was the result of an elite group of men representing the aforementioned interests.
iii) The constitutional convention held in Philadelphia was organized undemocratically by the aforementioned elite group of men to secure the aforementioned interests.
iv) Those not holding the aforementioned interests (the poor) were excluded from participation in the constitutional process.
v) Those participating in the Philadelphia convention personally benefited from the outcome of that convention (the constitution).
vi) The US constitution is a document protecting private property rights over that of a democratic people and/or its government.
vii) These assertions are on record as evidenced by the property and monetary interests of those who proposed and passed the US constitution.
viii) In the ratification of the US constitution, 3/4 of the qualified voters were excluded by some means or another, aiding the 1/4 who benefited from the passage of the constitution.
ix) The ratification of the US constitution was further narrowed down to where only 1/6 of the qualified voters participated in its passing.
x) Therefore, the majority of qualified voters did not participate in the ratification of the US constitution.Read more ›
Law is primarily concerned with the ownership of property and the way it is passed from one person to another. Different kinds of property creates different classes with different views (Chapter I). Investigating the economic interests of the supporters and opponents of the Federal Constitution will test Beard's theory (p.17). Chapter II lists the difficulties in learning about the state and continental public securities and their owners, and other facts. Merchants and manufacturers wanted a protective tariff.Read more ›
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The book arrived in the condition listed, and it was delivered on time. I enjoyed the book, and I would definitely recommend this book.Published 12 days ago by Maria O
Beard argues that the structure of the Constitution of the United States was motivated primarily by the personal financial interests of the Founding Fathers. Read morePublished 2 months ago by HH
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... Read morePublished 7 months ago by caseyat bat
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... Read morePublished 10 months ago by T. Donoghue
A must read for those who want to know the truth about why the constitution was implemented in this country.Published 14 months ago by patfitz
One of the most enlightening books about "American Exceptionalism", Economic Interpretation attacks the basic premise that the Revolution was noble, the Constitution an... Read morePublished 14 months ago by James Kenney
An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution
This book was first issued in 1913 during the Progressive Party era. Read more
Essential reading for anyone who would begin to understand what one of our founding documents is. And isn't.Published 17 months ago by Michel Stone