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Title

Economic Interests and the Adoption of the United States Constitution

Author

Robert A. McGuire

Categories

Economic History
Law and Economics
Public Economics

Type

Article

Description

This article examines how our Founding Fathers designed the Constitution, examining findings on the political and economic factors behind the provisions included in the Constitution and its ratification. The article discusses the views of Charles Beard and his critics and focuses on recent quantitative findings that explain the making of the Constitution. These findings suggest that personal interests of the Founding Fathers, as well as constituents' interests, played an important role in drafting the Constitution. They also suggest that economic and other interests played important roles at the ratifying conventions.

URL

http://www.eh.net/encyclopedia/?article=mcguire.constitution.us.economic.interests

Home URL

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