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Framing the Constitution. Charles A Beard 1913. Introduction . Suggests a cohesive, conspiratorial economic elite . Founding Fathers were not philosopher kings Reason for the convention was to l imit majority rule Safeguard private property against the masses

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framing the constitution

Framing the Constitution

Charles A Beard


  • Suggests a cohesive, conspiratorial economic elite.
    • Founding Fathers were not philosopher kings
    • Reason for the convention wasto limit majority rule
    • Safeguard private property against the masses
      • Originally, the idea was not widely accepted
      • Key leaders at convention were not substantial property owners
  • We must study the Constitution’s formation.
  • Independence was a radical response to tyranny.
  • Use of conventions were the groundwork for the new government.
  • Early proposed alterations existed.
  • Delegates were limited in what they could change.
  • It was an incredible group that was assembled.
  • Many examples of their experience.
  • Accomplished men showed up for this convention. The earlier radical were not there.
  • The idea of the masses had never worked. They only wanted to make them feel like they were involved.
  • The assembly was not idealistic about democracy and equality, but practical about how to preserve wealth.
  • Privileged aristocracy guards against volatile democracy.
  • They feared popular revolt of those without property.
  • Definitions for property and qualifications for voting were troublesome.
  • Checks and balances preserves property against the attacks and oppression of the majority.
  • Many devises to keep parliamentary majorities out of popular hands.
  • Veto is essential to stop bad popular law.
  • Ratifying conventions were a way to keep the new government near the people.
  • Delegate conventions were merely suggested, not required.
  • Early campaigning to ratify and begin.
  • The Federalist Papers
  • Us government is not a Democracy
    • Fragmented authority
  • Roche or Beard
  • Both and
  • Neither