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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Item s unavailable for purchase. She mentions the Gore vs Bush the Younger disputed presidential election and the terrorist attacks wondering what the founding fathers might have thought.

Berin delegates went into the convention concerned about the creation of a new congress and with many seeing the presidency as other than a critical branch of government. The states had too much power that the country could not function properly.

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And as the character sketches made by William Pierce would show, it also had its share of eccentric dressers and dandies, alcoholics and snuff addicts, mediocrities and boors. Meanwhile, New York and Pennsylvania, both blessed with major ports, imposed steep duties on a goods destined for neighboring states.

Virginia and South Carolina cheerfully squeezed what they could out of hapless North Carolina. Yet, as historian Berkin so engagingly illustrates, James Madison, George Washington and a handful of others met in Philadelphia in to frame a creative answer to the political impasse.

Nor was elector to be anyone who held an “office of profit or trust under the U. One s the best books I’ve read in US history. Dark clouds and a suffocating gloom seemed to have settled over the country, and these men understood that something had gone terribly wrong. And if there were a tie, members of the House of Representatives would select which would be the president.


If this is assigned to you as a must-read for sollution or something of that sort, than you’d be best off simply skimming the book or getting the information elsewhere. I thought it was interesting of the whole concept of going back to history to try to solve present brillianf.

A Brilliant Solution: inventing the American Constitution

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And if a book is relevant to everyday lives, then I consider it a “good” book. I would also recommend this book to anybody who is interested in getting a better perception on how the constitution solutino drafted.

When I think of befkin constitution I sloution think that there was as much involved as I learned from this book. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This had given me some helpful insight on befkin the chapter would be about and what to focus on more when reading it.

Needless to say, it was hard to “debate” one statement after I got a little over words. Berkin writes that the delegates were “men who recognized the idea of compromise, who knew concessions had to be made for the greater good. Only in hindsight, as she points out in her epilogue, does politics and the two party system begin to immediately construe the constitution as supporting a strong central government and turning the office of president into the dominant policy making machine that it is today.

The greatest men with the most influence, education, and backgrounds joined the convention.

Being that it was assigned for my history class, I thought it would be more like a textbook than an actual story. Now that farming had resumed in every state, New Englanders were scrambling to meet mortgage payments for land they berkkn cleared and planted during the Revolution. Inventing the American Constitution.


I hated reading this book. Informative, but so, so boring. This convention consisted of men of wealth, landowners, slaveholders, and lawyers.

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However, the only thing that I have learned is about class and equality. She also portrays the deep disagreements between Madison’s Federalists and the states’ rights advocates, such as George Mason and Edmund Randolph of Virginia, both of whom refused to sign the Constitution and swore to fight against its ratification in their state. I only read this book soluion it was my homework.

The delegates had an aversion to absolutes — a great strength. A cxrol really insightful bits, but mostly just an enjoyable read. Thus, many compromises were created, and the amendments were added to the Constitution, promoting the law that parts of the constitution can be altered if needed.

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Women in Colonial America wonderfully reveals the conflicts and compromises that characterized the drafting of the Constitution. Fellow Virginian James Madison talked gravely berkni mortal diseases afflicting the confederacy.

How each class and different people had presented their opinions on the constitution. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long.

Selected pages Title Page. She is an historian, working with documents that tell of realities. This was easily proven 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.

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