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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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But also Carol Berkin does such a good job in actually getting inside the heads of the characters to see what their view is of this new government but also to see how it brings change to their lives also nrilliant does a good job on showing how the n A Brilliant Solution by Carol Berkin is such a great book because it explores how our great nation that we have today berkinn made possible by this men who had this idea to create a government were the people would have rights to bring change to their country.

History I highly advise reading this book as this will enhance your understanding of not only the past but the modern society. In that time, the federal government was not what it could be, not what it should be, and not what it would become.

May 08, Backoff51 rated it really liked it. Each state insisted on issuing its own currency, and, thus, a Brillkant Yorker sending goods to South Carolina ran a gauntlet of ever-fluctuating exchange rates before his wares reached their final destination. Brllliant of the best books I’ve read in US history.

Local agriculture fared no better. The American Revolutionary war ended in A riveting narrative account of the motivations, endeavors, and results of the Constitutional Convention. Virginia and South Carolina cheerfully squeezed brillianh they could out of hapless North Carolina. 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.

This is why I think this is a good historical introduction for people looking to delve deeper solutuon this topic. They had a large amount of debt and the 13 states conducted themselves as independent political units.


For the newly independent United States, the years just after the Revolution were the best of times and the worst of times: A must-read, though, if you truly want to waste hours of your time reading grammatically incorrect, verbose sentences telling you about the color of Roger Sherman’s suit, which was apparently poorly fitted and a dull shade of black.

Nov 21, Svitlana rated it it was amazing. Inventing the American Constitution. Quotes from A Brilliant Solut Contents The Call for a Convention. To view it, click here.

A Brilliant Solution: inventing the American Constitution

Reading this book truly gave me an insight to understand upon which principles the nation was created, including equality and justice. She mentions the Gore vs Bush the Younger disputed presidential election and the terrorist attacks wondering what the founding fathers might have thought. Noting that they ‘: 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.

Virginia and South Carolina cheerfully squeezed what they could out of hapless North Carolina. Experiences down the road — the doings of human beings — were to be incorporated into the constitution in the form of amendments.

The answer according to her book is not much. The group of men who travelled to Philadelphia in the summer of had no idea what kind of history their meeting would make. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt- History – pages. I really enjoy learning about history, in the sense that I get to learn caeol where all that I am familiar with came from. Fellow Virginian James Madison talked gravely of mortal diseases afflicting the confederacy.

Others were vain, ambitious, even unscrupulous in their political and private relationships It took true effort to get myself to keep going, which is a shame since the topic is so fascinating.

The author does a brilliant job describing with what motivations the three branches of government were created and how with the help of checks and balances they help making the government less prone to corruption. Rice planters had to replace much of their labor force as hundreds of slaves had run away or found refuge in British army camps.


The nation created back then would have a great impact to our current one. I hated reading this book.

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The chapters were extremely lengthy and super boring. Bush win the election. In other words, the creation of the U.

If this is assigned to you as a must-read for school or something of that sort, than you’d be best off simply skimming the book or getting the information elsewhere. Trivia About A Brilliant Solut The question was could they do anything to save their country? Despite the tendency to get bogged down in the nitty gritty details of specific arguments, this gives a great overview of the intentions of the Constitution’s designers.

To ask brkin readers questions about A Brilliant Solutionplease sign up. Living long before the “imperial presidency” of the 20th Century, they focused primarily upon the legislative power. This book in particular makes something which I initially thought was boring and unimportant, very important.

By the conflict and chaos created by thirteen independent mercantile systems was brillianh, yet calls for commercial cooperation that year and the following year were met with suspicion, resistance-and a decided lack of interest.

I learned a lot of historical facts by reading this slution.

Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. Discover what to read next. Revisiting all the original historical documents of the 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.

Feb 24, Katie rated it liked it. Ed Vaughn Most thought the proposed constitution as radical and would crush the rights of the states.