One of the most brilliant of the younger historians in the United States, Professor Carl L. Becker, of the University of Kansas, has prophesied that American history will shortly be rewritten along economic lines. This collection of essays on the first decade of politics under the Constitution is intended to be a modest contribution to the fulfilment of that prophecy.
In the preparation of the volume I have been laid under deep obligation to one of my students, Mr. C. J. Hendley, who spent many weeks with me examining pamphlets and newspapers.
CHARLES A. BEARD.
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, July 30, 1915.
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