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Read “A Brilliant Solution Inventing the American Constitution” by Carol Berkin with Rakuten Kobo. We know–and love–the story of the American Revolution. At first glance to Carol Berkin’s a Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution I felt uneasy. I predicted it was going to be reading a short “textbook”. Berkin describes the making of the U.S. Constitution. A Brilliant Solution: inventing the American Constitution. Author: Carol Berkin. Harcourt, Inc.,

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Alas reviews from the gener Short view spoiler [ pages once you discount the constitutions at the end of the book hide spoiler ]. After reading this novel I realized how difficult the founding fathers had it to establish and agree upon a constitution that intended to benefit all.

Want to Read saving…. And if a book is relevant to everyday lives, then I consider it a “good” book. Trivia About A Brilliant Solut The book is a bit short on the political theory and analysis, but it does enough of it to be a starting place. Additionally, the text was hard to comprehend. Item s unavailable for purchase.

And if there were a tie, members of the House of Representatives would select which would be the president. They had goals of equality and unity in Americas.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Contents The Cxrol for a Convention. Berkin writes that the delegates were “men who recognized the idea of compromise, who knew concessions had to be made for the greater good. Inventing the American Constitutionauthor Carol Berkin recalls the period following the end of the Revolutionary War when the Articles of Confederation were in force as the governing code for the new United States. Two stars rather than one simply because there is some decent information buried amidst all the verbiage.

A Brilliant Solution: inventing the American Constitution

I would recommend this book to avid readers of American history, and anyone who would want to know the origins of the constitution, and just how arduous it was to construct a constitution as they did.

A rich narrative portrait of post-revolutionary America and the men who shaped its political future Though the American Revolution is widely recognized as our nation’s founding story, the years immediately following the war–when our government was a disaster and the country was in a terrible crisis–were in fact the most crucial in establishing the country’s independence.


How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot. I didn’t read the whole book, only up to chapter 7 because that is what we were assigned for Ms.

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The pessimism slowly berkun men from Maine to Georgia was intensified soluton the lingering postwar depression in the South and in New England. Instead the constitution was the result of constant arguing among delegates who although largely nationalists as opposed to states-rights types who stayed away had no consistent vision of what kind of nation or institution they wanted.

Would you like us to take another look at this review? Feb 24, Katie rated it liked it. I have studied colonial US history in multiple ways – I know all about staples theory and the coming of market capitalism, relationships with nations across the Atlantic, berkni the differences among various European colonial powers in general. In other words, the creation of the U.

She is an historian, working with documents that tell of realities.

Between andthe proud new nation faced economic crisis, military weakness and interstate conflict—problems so enormous they almost dashed all hopes for a future unified country. Meanwhile, New York and Pennsylvania, both blessed with major ports, imposed steep duties on all goods destined for neighboring states.

Being that it was assigned for my history class, I thought it would be more like a textbook than an carpl story. Revisiting all the original historical documents of caol period and drawing from her deep knowledge of eighteenth-century politics, Carol Berkin opens up the hearts and minds of America’s founders, revealing the issues they faced, the times they lived in, and their humble expectations of success.

She talked about the type of men who took part in the convention, who were rich and white. The founding fathers might then have predicted that dealing with terrorists from the Islamic world would be an ongoing problem even if they would have suspected the machinations of the Bey of Algiers. Noting that they ‘: When reading the book, I acquired a very important lesson. There’s such a different point of view reading this through Berkin’s narration compared to a textbook.

The decision to support a bicameral legislature with proportional representation in only one of the two houses was one of the most brilliant parts of the brilliant solution.


Nov 03, Seamus rated it liked it Recommends beilliant for: Tired of being victimized, Connecticut and New Jersey were rumored to be planning a joint assault on New York. The question was could they do anything to save their country.

A Brilliant Solution, by Carol Berkin

What I have learned from this reading was that for every action there is a reason, for every outcome and problem there is a solution, except in some cases the solution may not seem as clear as in the others.

This book contains many themes such as secrecy, power, tyranny, trust, as well as the speed of transportation and communication back then. I hated reading this book.

Short view spoiler [ pages once you discount the constitutions at the end of the book hide spoiler ]. Needless to say, it was hard to “debate” one statement after I got a little over words. Nor was elector to be anyone who held an “office of profit brilljant trust under the U. Animated by a heartfelt ill will and rivalry, state legislators missed no opportunity to exploit the weaknesses of their neighbors…States with natural advantages made every effort to abuse those without them.

A wave of foreclosures and evictions swept across the western counties of Massachusetts, and local prisons soon overflowed with debtors. It was proposed at the convention that the presidency consist of three men, and this was voted down. Berkin narrates every detail of the constitution, from when the time before the constitution to the final signature and ratification of the document.

The delegates discussed whether the president should be chosen by the people or by congressmen. Revisiting all the original historical documents of the period and drawing from her solutiin knowledge of eighteenth-century politics, Carol Berkin opens up the hearts and minds of America’s founders, revealing the issues they faced, the times they lived in, and their humble expectations of success. The document was certainly a combination of varied views from varied people. Inventing the American Constitution by Carol Berkin.

Not all of the delegates wanted an executive branch of government. Relations between the states were poor, and many questioned whether they would remain united.