Summary of Charles Beards "Framing the Constitution.

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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 framers protected the minority by limiting majority rule, but Beard believed that by limiting majority rule, it would be more of an economical advantage to the wealthy framers. The reason why the framers motive was more political than economic was because the framers wanted to make minorities equal to the majority. One way the framers limited the majority rule was by implementing amendment fifteen. Amendment fifteen prohibits the denial on race, color, or previous conditions of servitude; this protected the minorities, blacks, against the majority, whites. An example of amendment fifteen would be that if an black freed slave wanted to work for a store, the employer could not deny him for his color or his previous work as a slave. A different way the framers limited majority rule was by using Electoral College; this allowed minorities to also have a fair vote in the election of the President and Vice President. Charles Beard’s accusation does not contain any support and it was more likely that the reason the framers limited majority rule was to ensure that the minority also had power. Framers limited majority rule to prevent minorities starting an uprising. By restraining majority rule, uprisings would not be able to form in...