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date: 17 January 2019

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This chapter examines how the Founding Fathers designed and ratified the US Constitution, greatly strengthening the national government at the expense of existing state governments. It discusses Charles Beard’s economic interpretation of the Constitution and the views of his critics, critically focusing on statistical findings that explain the making of the Constitution and assess the Constitution’s impact on the American economy. The chapter examines statistical findings on the economic and ideological factors influencing the choice of provisions included in the Constitution and the votes for its ratification. These findings indicate that the personal economic interests, and ideologies and beliefs, of the Founding Fathers played an important role in drafting the Constitution in 1787 and at the state ratifying conventions that followed. The statistical findings suggest that constituents’ interests, while less impactful, likely affected the Constitution’s drafting and ratification as well, and that the Constitution positively impacted the American economy.

Keywords: US Constitution, Founding Fathers, economic interests, ideology, Constitutional Convention, economic interpretation of Constitution, Founding Fathers, economic interests, beliefs and ideologies, Charles Beard

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