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., Read “A Brilliant Solution Inventing the American Constitution” by Carol Berkin with Rakuten Kobo. We know–and love–the story of the American Revolution.

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Although the universally revered George Washington and Ben Franklin were both active in the convention, they were less assertive than others such as James Madison and Alexander Hamilton. To view it, click here. Dec 07, Yan Kadouri rated it it was amazing. When reading the book, I acquired a very important lesson. Jan 21, Craig rated it liked it Shelves: 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 she does a good job on showing how the nations most powerful men had fought for change were the rest of the convention said that this new government would fail.

Published October 20th by Mariner Books first published Carol Berkin does a profound job at explaining the American Constitution. While state governments debated what to do, private citizens took matters into their own hands. 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.


New Jersey had gone so far as to create its own customs service, an ironic tribute to the regulatory system of its former British rulers. How to write a great review. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Animated by a heartfelt ill will and rivalry, state legislators missed no opportunity to exploit the weakness of their neighbors.

Not the worst thing I’ve had to solutiion for school. The Revolution was not one battle for independence but thirteen-proof that btilliant profound localism still trumped any embryonic identity as “Americans. View Full Version of PW.

The hotels and pubs they stayed at and frequented, where conversations about Article 25 and the process of amending the Constitution went on into the wee hours. Alas reviews from the gener Short view spoiler [ pages once you discount the constitutions at the end of the book hide spoiler ].

A Brilliant Solution, by Carol Berkin

In the book Berkin manages to humanize many of the delegates unlike most textbooks do. Noting that they ‘: A number were self-sacrificing, honorable to a fault, above reproach in personal and public matters. Not all brilliat the delegates wanted an executive branch of government. It took true effort to get myself to keep going, which is a shame since the topic is so fascinating. Would you like us to take another look at this review?

Its army was small and inconsequential; its credit was ruined; and the 13 states tended to conduct themselves as wholly independent political units.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But all the ideas, arguments, and compromises led to a great thing: But this can be argued that many people would listen, because there are other opinions and together the people would find the way to develop an organized and efficient government.


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The question was could they do anything to save brillint country? Free from the restraints imposed by British navigation, or trade, laws, American shippers, farmers, and planters looked forward to selling tobacco and wheat directly to foreign nations, and entrepreneurs looked forward to manufacturing finished products briilliant sale to markets abroad. It seemed like only yesterday that these same men, along with Americans everywhere, had greeted the future brightly.

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I only read this book because it was my homework. It’s worth reading if you like American history and have the time. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

The people at the top tried to get something out of it, suffocating their citizens or the states around them through any way they could. With her engaging narrative the includes the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution as initially approved, as well as thumbnail biographies of all the representatives to the convention.

Despairing, idle fishermen could be seen in solutikn seaport soluution, helpless in the face of British trade restrictions against them in the West Indies.

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