Charles Beard, Properly Understood

It is time to readmit Charles Beard's critique into the canon of permissible opinion.

Issue: Spring 1994

The story of how the United States emerged--reluctantly and
belatedly--to lead the world has long since acquired the weight of a
well-known parable. Like any good parable, this one aims chiefly to
admonish, to warn against the recurrence of error, to suppress
wayward and irresponsible urgings to which Americans are thought
susceptible.

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