Summary of Charles Beards "Framing the Constitution. Essay

916 Words Oct 5th, 2011 4 Pages
Charles Beard’s suggested that the Constitution was a document that was only created to protect the framer’s wealth. Beard believed that the reason why the rich framers wanted to protect against majority rule was to prevent the majority to overthrow the rich. Beard did manage to fit most of the framers under “rich” categories such as lawyers, landowners, and merchants. But, he failed to realize that the framers limited majority rule to protect the rights of minorities, also. The framers attempted to perfect the constitution by protecting the minority while giving majority some power. The Constitution was drafted by framers that took a lot of time and effort to make a document that has held this nation together for centuries. The …show more content…
But by the law, even though the whites were the majority, they couldn’t control the blacks. * I would have to read the Beard essay to know for sure which “majority rule” it’s talking about. I think it’s the one I mentioned though. The other majority rule is essentially the definition of democracy, where the country makes a decision based on what the majority wants. * Make your essay more flowing and readable. Try to interact with the reader a little. Make it your voice, thus conversational, but at the same time the intelligent-and-school version of you. * Cut the fluff. For example, “Charles Beard’s belief on the Constitution was that the Constitution was a document that was only created to protect the framer’s wealth” could just be: “Charles Beard believed that the Constitution was created only to protect the framers’ wealth.” * The fluff, as mentioned earlier, really obfuscates your point and makes the essay hard to read. If removed, your points will be clearer, stronger, and leave room to be defended with more examples. * The prompt asked you to use specific wording from the Constitution or amendments. Make sure you do that! That really strengthens your argument. * Especially use it in the third paragraph. Don’t just say what the framers thought (majority rule gave power to the majority and minority) and say what caused them to think it (Shay’s Rebellion). Show proof that they thought this by referencing to exact

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