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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Society can learn from these very pivotal dilemmas. Most important, Berkin emphasizes that the framers saw the Constitution as a working document, one that would require revision as the country grew. First Berkin attempts to lure in readers with the promise of relevance and illuminating recent events.

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I would also recommend this book to anybody who is interested in getting a sokution perception on how the constitution was drafted. Sep 12, Jacob R-B rated it it was ok.

Instead they chose the “electoral college. 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. Schisms Threats and Compromises. 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. Want to Read saving…. Revisiting all the original historical documents of the period and drawing from her deep knowledge of eighteenth-century politics, Carol Berkin opens up the hearts and minds of America’s founders, revealing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.

A Brilliant Solution: inventing the American Constitution

The question was could they do anything to save their country? One of the best books I’ve berlin in US history. For all scholars taking U. These nagging economic problems had not brought Americans closer together. Lists with This Book. The Revolution was not one battle for independence but thirteen-proof that a profound localism still trumped any embryonic identity as “Americans. 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 brilliant see how it brings change to their lives also she 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 was 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.


Virginia and South Carolina cheerfully squeezed what they could out of hapless North Carolina.

A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution by Carol Berkin

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After a while it makes you want to commit suicide. I learned that in order to solve a intricate issue, teamwork can come in handy. She is an historian, working with documents that tell of realities. And at the very least, this shocked me, I’ve actually used some of the info from this book when talking about modern politics. By demonstrating the probl A Brilliant Solution is one of my favorite non-fiction book.

I agree with him. More disturbing was the news that in New Jersey, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland, backcountry farmers were rising up in armed rebellion and had to be controlled by militia units.

This was easily sollution a bad idea to entertain as it quickly soaked in that they no longer had the protection of the British government when it would have been helpful. 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.

Published October 20th by Mariner Books first published Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. Clio in the Classroom. Feb 24, Katie rated it liked it. The Bill of Rights. Berkin writes that the Continental Congress “faced a host catol angry creditors, foreign and domestic, clamoring for repayment of wartime loans.


A concise account of the deliberations of the framers of the Constituion, and the conflicting ideas from which the structure of the federal government emerged.

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The eventual document was a compromise among partisans, largely foisted on the country as a whole through some sharp manoeuvring. Two major British military campaigns had left the Carolinas in shambles, with scores of homeless and penniless still to be cared for. May 08, Backoff51 rated it really liked it. We had to read this for AP U. We as the readers see that ever since the end of the war america has put itself in debt which actually stopped america for actually achieving any change in their lives we also see that Berkin actually exposed the people of the convention to be real men instead of people who just represented states.

Unfortunately, each of these blessings soon proved to have a darker side. 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. T A rich narrative portrait of post-revolutionary America and the men who shaped its political future. The solution to these problems, and others, would seem to modern Americans to be the task of the national government.

Relationships among the states were no better. Bush win the election.