- Name: Charles A. Beard
- Born: 11/27/1874
- Died: 09/01/1948 (73 years old)
- Occupation: Historian, co-founder of The New School
Charles Austin Beard (November 27, 1874 – September 1, 1948) was an American historian who wrote 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 to be more motivated by economics than by philosophical principles. Beard’s most influential book, An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States (1913), has been the subject of great controversy ever since its publication. While it has been frequently criticized for its methodology and conclusions, it was responsible for a wideranging 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 (1927), which had a major influence on American historians.
Birth Name: Charles Austin Beard
School: DePauw University (B.A., History, 1898), Columbia University (Ph.D., 1904)
Alias: Charles Austin Beard
Birth Place: Knightstown, Indiana, U.S.
Death Place: New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Charles A. Beard quotes :
You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.Charles A. Beard
All the lessons of history in four sentences: Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power. The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small. The bee fertilizes the flower it robs. When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.Charles A. Beard