A few words need saying at the outset, first, to justify the restriction of this study to so small an area as a single county, and second, to explain the sense in which the interpretation here advanced is "economic."
Amid the cut and thrust of controversy over the origins of the United States Constitution, one thing agreed on by all combatants is the need for more detailed, local research. Beard himself recognized that "not even a beginning" had been made on the "enormous and laborious researches" required either to prove or disprove his interpretation; he said of his own pioneering pages that they merely sketched "the broad outlines of the study . . .
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