Leftist view

The leftist viewpoint suggests that the Founding Fathers aim to satisfy their own self interest and maintain themselves as the elite class of American society. They focus on the exclusion of women, Native American and the poor from the new society. They hold negative towards the intentions of the Founding Fathers.

Howard Zinn

The Constitution… serves the interests of the wealthy elite.’

‘It seems that the rebellion against British rule allowed a certain group of colonial elite to replace those loyal to England…  and leave poor, white working people in very much their old situation.’

‘They (the Founding Fathers) certainly did not want an equal balance between slaves and masters, property less and property holders, Indians and white.’

Francis Jennings

‘Some Americans were clearly omitted from this circle of united interest’ (suggests that individuals such as Native Americans, women and slaves were not given equal rights in the new nation)

Charles Beard

‘Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States’ highlighting that they Founding Fathers grew increasingly wealthy after the Constitution. Suggest they had monetary interest in the formation of the new nation.