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

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