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An economic interpretation of the Constitution of the United States.

Charles Austin Beard

An economic interpretation of the Constitution of the United States.

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Published by Macmillan in New York .
Written in English


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Originally published 1913.

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Conversely, delegates who personally owned slaves or who represented areas with greater concentration of slaves were much more likely to oppose the Constitution at the state conventions and to vote to limit the national government with respect to their interests at the Philadelphia convention. The Teutonic peoples were originally endowed with singular political talents and aptitudes; Teutonic tribes invaded England and destroyed the last vestiges of the older Roman and British culture; they then set an example to the world in the development of "free" government. These historians were led by Charles A. In the absence of a critical analysis of legal evolution, all sorts of vague abstractions dominate most of the thinking that is done in the field of law.

A merchant who is also a delegate believes that he faithfully represents the people who elected him. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about. Their concerns ranged from how the individual articles and provisions of the document may impact and even endanger livelihoods, to the precise wording behind each separate article. Still, as a leader of the " progressive historians ", or " progressive historiography ", Beard introduced themes of economic self-interest and economic conflict regarding the adoption of the Constitution and the transformations caused by the Civil War. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:hay:hetboo:beard Instead of two interests, landed and mercantile, which conflicted, McDonald identified some three dozen identifiable economic interests operating at cross-purposes that forced the delegates to bargain.

Reading it today, the book aims a keen and pointed thrust at the originalism of our own age. As society becomes more settled and industrial in character, mere defence against violence a very considerable portion of which originates in forcible attempts to change the ownership of property becomes of relatively less importance; and property relations increase in complexity and subtlety. The Constitution, Beard argued, was designed to reverse the radical democratic tendencies unleashed by the Revolution among the common people, especially farmers and debtors people who owed money to the rich. The voices of the authors are seldom impinged by excursions into dry facts, over-explanation or tangential discussions.


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An economic interpretation of the Constitution of the United States. by Charles Austin Beard Download PDF Ebook

NET by Keith T. Nor has it received at the hands of professed historians An economic interpretation of the Constitution of the United States. book attention which its significance warrants. Wikimedia Foundation. Well-researched at every juncture, the central thesis of this text is that economic power is what shapes the destiny and path of history.

It may likewise be shown, to take an extreme case, that the English nation derived immense advantages from the Norman Conquest and the orderly administrative processes which were introduced, as it undoubtedly did; nevertheless, it does not follow that the vague thing known as "the advancement of An economic interpretation of the Constitution of the United States.

book welfare" or some abstraction known as "justice" was the immediate, guiding purpose of the leaders in either of these great historic changes.

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.

It is true that English scholars have produced admirable histories of the law in its outward aspects, such as the monumental work of Pollock and Maitland; and they have made marvellous collections of raw materials, like the publications of the Selden society.

The Constitution reflects the interests of creditors, public securities holders, merchants, and slaveowners. It appears to him to be the whole course of history, rather than any event or set of events, which justifies his theory.

In fact, the juristic theory of the origin and nature of the Constitution is marked by the same lack of analysis of determining forces which characterized older historical writing in general. Living on lucrative royalties from textbooks and other bestsellers, the couple operated a dairy farm in rural Connecticut that attracted many academic visitors.

New York: Oxford University Press, This tendency in American scholarship has been fruitful in its results, for it has produced more care in the use of historical sources and has given us many excellent and accurate surveys of outward events which are indispensable to the student who would inquire more deeply into underlying causes.

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. The regulation of these various and interfering interests forms the principal task of modern legislation, and involves the spirit of party and faction in the necessary and ordinary operations of the government.

At the time of writing, democracy had been broadly embraced, or at least tolerated, by all states in the continental USA as well as the colonial territories it had acquired overseas.

Beard examined the occupations and property holdings of the members of the convention from tax and census records, contemporaneous news accounts, and biographical sources, demonstrating the degree to which each stood to benefit from various Constitutional provisions.

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 personal property especially federal bonds and economic standing.

In the happy morning of their existence as one of the powers of the world, they had chosen justice for their guide; and while they proceeded on their way with a well-founded confidence and joy, all the friends of mankind invoked success on their endeavour as the only hope for renovating the life of the civilized world.

Conservatives such as William Howard Taft were shocked at the Progressive interpretation because it seem to belittle the Constitution.

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They supported the Republican Party and favored prohibitiona cause for which Charles lectured in later years. Beard painstakingly examined the occupations and property holdings of the members of the convention from tax and census records, contemporaneous news accounts, and biographical sources, demonstrating the degree to which each stood to benefit from various Constitutional provisions.

Descendants of this specially gifted race settled America and fashioned their institutions after old English models. But it may be said that constitutional law is a An economic interpretation of the Constitution of the United States.

book branch of the law; that it is not concerned primarily with property or with property relations, but with organs of government, the suffrage administration. Beard traces the Constitutional guarantee that the newly formed nation would pay its debts to Washington's desire to have his costs refunded.

Take, for example, any of the traditional legal definitions of the Constitution; Miller's will suffice: "A constitution in the American sense of the word, is an instrument by which the fundamental powers of the government are established, limited, and defined, and by which these powers are distributed among the several departments for their more safe and useful exercise, for the benefit of the body politic.

Der Begriff des Interesses notigte mich, den Zweck ins Auge zu fassen, und das Recht im subjektiven Sinn drangte mich zu dem im objektiven Sinn, und so gestaltete sich das ursprungliche Untersuchungsobjekt zu einem ungleich erweiterten, zu dem des gegenwartigen Buches: der Zweck im Recht.

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