The economic interests of the members of the convention
The constitution as an economic document
The political doctrines of the members of the convention
The process of ratification
The popular vote on the constitution
The economics of the vote on the constitution
The economic conflict over ratification as viewed by contemporaries.
In this work, Robert E. Brown applies the fruits of modern historical scholarship toward an understanding of Beard's groundbreaking and controversial work. With a perspective of forty years, Brown attempts to separate the valid from the bogus in this work.