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A New Look At America´S Creation And The Founde Fathers

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"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power (Lincoln). When young, it is taught that the Founding Fathers worked tirelessly to free our country from the British. Later it is learned that history is not so straight forward and that human flaw plays a central role when it comes to the themes of history. Not everything that occurs in history is an accident nor is it as honest as it would be liked. So when Howard Zinn asserts that, “Around 1776, certain important people in the English colonies made a discovery that would prove enormously useful for the next two hundred years. They found that by creating a nation, a symbol, a legal unity called the United States, they could take over land, profits, and political power from favorites of the British Empire. In the process, they could hold back a number of potential rebellions and create a consensus of popular support for the rule of a new, privileged leadership”, his statement holds some weight. Zinn challenges conventional thought; that the Founding Fathers were revolutionary men who wanted to usher democracy into the New World. Rather he pushes the notion that American democracy is designed the way it was, to serve the self interest’s of the Founding Fathers. However is his assertion true? Zinn is correct in stating that the Founding Fathers created America with a degree of self-interest, which is reflected in the benefits they received, but is incorrect in regard to the extent of their intentions.

Taking a closer look at Zinn’s quote, the first provocative part begins when he states that America was not created as a symbol for democracy, freedom and the meshing of cultures; but rather it was created as large scheme for the leaders of the colonies to get even more rich and powerful. He goes on to say that the Founders were able to get away with this because they sheltered their scandals under an apparently thick veil of democracy and heroism. Zinn has taken it even further than the average historian who chooses to take a closer look and humanize people we revere in society, but Zinn asserts this idea of criminality in the founders. Though the founders did keep themselves heavily equated with making decisions about the country, they did have what was best in mind. The founders worked to keep what in their minds was the best for the country. It just so happened that what was best for them, was also best for the country.
A key place to start when analyzing the benefits that people received would be the Constitution, because that is the instruction manual to the country, and its the best place to look when you want to blame the people who wrote it of using for self interest. In Charles A Beard’s “An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution”(), Beard states, that the founders created the constitution in such a way they benefitted more, not that they were corrupt. He makes it a fact to say that the founders did not make the...

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