Charles Austin Beard was an American historian, writing primarily during the first half of the 20th century. For a while he was a history professor at Columbia University but his influence came from hundreds of monographs, textbooks and interpretive studies in both history and political science. His works included a radical re-evaluation of the founding fathers of the United States, who he believed were motivated more by economics than by philosophical principles. Beard’s most influential book, An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States, has been the subject of great controversy ever since its publication. While frequently criticized for its methodology and conclusions, it was responsible for a wide-ranging reinterpretation of American history of the founding era. He was also the co-author with his wife Mary Beard of The Rise of American Civilization, which had a major influence on American historians.
|Born:||Charles Austin Beard, November 27, 1874, Knightstown, Indiana, U.S.|
|Died:||September 1, 1948, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.|
|Alma mater:||DePauw University (B.A, History, 1898), Columbia University (Ph.D, 1904)|
|Occupation:||Historian, co-founder of The New School|
|Spouse(s):||Mary Ritter Beard|
About Charles A. Beard
Influential historian who emphasized the impact of social and economic forces on the development of American institutions. His book, The Rise of American Civilization, which he wrote with his wife in 1927, was a major influence on the field of history and a bestseller at the time.
After completing his studies at Oxford, England, he became a prominent intellectual leader of the Progressive movement, arguing for municipal government reform.
His seminal work, An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States, which examined the votes of the Constitutional Convention members from an economic perspective, took 40 years to be recognized.
He was born in Knightstown, Indiana.
His foreign policy views became popular with conservative politicians and intellectuals, including Pat Buchanan.
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