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An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of The United States

An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of The United States

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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.
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  • Free Press | 
  • 330 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780029024805 | 
  • September 1986
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