An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States
[The principle of majority rule was not recognized in the founding. TGW]
We forget that when our government was established the principle of majority rule was nowhere to recognizedthat until well along in the nineteenth century the majority of our forefathers did not even have the right to vote
Then a great popular movement swept over the country, and in the political upheaval which followed, the masses secured the right of suffrage.
[From Charles A. Beard, An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States (1913); reprint, New York: Free Press, 1941), 324.]