Review: A Brilliant Solution, Inventing the American Constitution – by Carol Berkin July This book published in should be a must read for. Berkin describes the making of the U.S. Constitution. A Brilliant Solution: inventing the American Constitution. Author: Carol Berkin. Harcourt, Inc., 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”.

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Chesapeake tobacco planters had renounced their debts to Scottish merchants and English consignment agents when they declared independence, but in the process they had lost their most reliable sources of credit. Jul 30, Yasmin added it. I ended up giving this book as a gift to numerous people, who reportedly couldn’t put it down to turn off the light at night.

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Motivated by a strong sense of missed opportunity to debate the necessity of the Electoral College after the contested election, she wanted to explain to the more general public the pragmatic caarol in which the members of the Constitutional Convention went about finding a Brilliant Solution to the challenges posed by the task of institutionalizing representative government.

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It shows how the delegates argued, debated and presented all the solition that went into the constitution. Reconstruction and the Rise of Jim Crow. The Inauguration of President George Washington. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori.

A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution by Carol Berkin

I only read this book because it was my homework. The verkin did astounding job with intermingling facts into the story line making the reading very interesting.

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If I had to choose a favorite chapter it would be “A Gathering of Demigods: Appended to her engaging narrative are copies of the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution as initially approved, as well as thumbnail biographies of all the representatives to the convention. In the aftermath of the Revolution, real political power resided in these state governments. Not the worst thing I’ve had to read for school.

In her talk on Book TV, Berrkin described what interested her in the topic. Making Mr Madison Wait.

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Where Dickinson”s version began with a firm declaration that the “Colonies unite themselves so as never to be divided by any Act whatever,” the amended version began with the equally firm declaration that “each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence. The group of men who traveled to Philadelphia in the summer of had no idea what kind of history their meeting would make.

These are the men who produced what she calls the “brilliant solution. Refresh and try again. This is why I think this is a good historical introduction for people looking to delve deeper into this topic. Close Report a review At Kobo, billiant try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution

Unlike other non-fictions, this book is actually amusing. I enjoyed reading about the creation of the republic completely forgetting that the book is meant for education and is filled with facts! The men involved in creating the new government for the United States become men again in this book, not the “mythical founders who could do no wrong”, or, as it sometimes comes across now that we are struggling with come to terms with their flaws, “the dastardly founders whose flaws make it impossible to admit they did some things right.


I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about the constitution but doesn’t want to read it in a textbook way. BookPage review by Edward Morris. From his plantation in Virginia, George Washington lamented the steady stream of diplomatic humiliations suffered by the young Republic. Living long before the “imperial presidency” of the 20th Century, they focused primarily upon the legislative power.

This convention consisted of men of wealth, landowners, slaveholders, and lawyers. Like most people, talking about the constitution and how our government was created is probably one of the most boring things you could suggest.

What, after all, was the country waging war against but the tyranny of centralized power? You’ve successfully reported this review. However, not a single thing from this book has enhanced my knowledge. 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.

Just because of one little state, Florida! Here “men of their times,” In her talk on Book TV, Berkin described what interested her in the topic.