Ideas that Matter: Parting Thoughts on Charles Beard on the 100th Anniversary of an Economic Interpretation
October 2013 Miller Center/University of Virginia Law School Symposium on Beard
10 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2014 Last revised: 11 Sep 2014
Date Written: October 1, 2013
Charles Beard's work is best known for advocating that material interests, not ideas, played the pivotal role in shaping the founding of the United States. But Beard was, in his own way, an idealist who saw history as a moral force. This brief essay, the conclusion to the publication of the October 2013 Miller Center/University of Virginia Law School symposium on the 100th Anniversary of Beard's An Economic Interpretation, sums up the conference and argues that Beard's real legacy is as a historian who believed in the power of ideas to create social change -- and in history as the pursuit of truth.
Keywords: Charles Beard, American founding, American history, legal history, intellectual history
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