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Historians Profile - Charles A.Beard A Biographical Perspective on Historical Thinking Christopher S Imms HST 290 Historical Methods Dr Matthew

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Charles A.Beard: A Biographical Perspective on Historical Thinking Christopher S. Imms HST 290: Historical Methods Dr. Matthew O’Brien February 1, 2007
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Imms 1 Charles A. Beard: A Biographical Perspective on Historical Thinking Charles A. Beard approached the study of history from the point of view of the economic issues prompting and surrounding historical events and social developments. He emphasized the impact of economics on history as well as on political movements. His landmark book, An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution was his most notable and controversial work. In this book, he offered the theory that it was economic conflicts which prompted the development and adoption of the Constitution. 1 Charles Beard was born on November 27, 1874 in Knightstown, Indiana. He grew up within a privileged family; able to support Charles through his early life. “Beard grew up with a sense of competence, the ability to perform varied tasks well and to analyze situations and act appropriately from close contact with his father, William Beard, and maternal grandmother, Sarah Pyne, who together were the main family influences on Charles.” 2 “Charles’ father kept a large library of books pertaining to history and science, and with the aid of this library taught Beard how to read “hard books” at an early age.” 3 Charles’ grandmother symbolized for him the vast changes in technology and science that impressed him later in life. 4 She also instilled in him the will to question knowledge so as to find answers; a trait he employed in his research and writing. Beard’s education also greatly influenced his historical beliefs and interpretations. Charles first attended Spiceland Academy, a local Quaker school. There he was Imms 2 1 Wikipedia. Charles A. Beard. www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_A._Beard (accessed January 30, 2007) 2 Ellen Nore, Charles A. Beard, An Intellectual Biography (Southern Illinois University, 1983), 5 3 Ibid., 4 4 Ibid., 5
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influenced by the many books available to him and the many speeches given by local political leaders. Charles then attended DePauw University where he concentrated on history and studied European history and the political and constitutional history of the United States. 5
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HST 290 taught by Professor Obrien during the Spring '07 term at Franciscan OH.

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Historians Profile - Charles A.Beard A Biographical Perspective on Historical Thinking Christopher S Imms HST 290 Historical Methods Dr Matthew

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