An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States

An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 330 pages
  • 135.1 x 209.8 x 25.9mm | 462.81g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • The Free Press
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0029024803
  • 9780029024805
  • 1,120,846

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"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, CUNYshow more