The convention which framed the Constitution of the United States was composed of fifty-five members. A majority were lawyers-not one farmer, mechanic or laborer. Forty owned Revolutionary Scrip. Fourteen were land speculators. Twenty-four were money-lenders. Eleven were merchants. Fifteen
were slave-holders. They made a Constitution to protect the rights of property and not the rights of man.
- Senator Richard Pettigrew- Triumphant Plutocracy (1922)