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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Revisiting all the original historical documents of the period and drawing from her deep knowledge of eighteenth-century politics, Carol Berkin opens up the hearts and minds of America’s founders, revealing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 beilliant expectations of success.

A number were self-sacrificing, honorable to a fault, solutionn reproach in personal and public matters. I found I like some of these folks and wish I could meet them in person Governour Morris! In Americans had looked forward confidently to reaping the benefits of independence. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: This is not right, because a government should have organization and proper contemplation, and it bdilliant not be a disorganized mess.

This had given me some helpful insight on what the chapter would be about and what to focus on more when reading it. This is because I am not a history lover.

The individual states were putting up restrictions, trade barriers, and border payments at every corner, just like their previous country, hypocritically enough. Some, most likely they who crave power, would disagree with this statement.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Unfortunately I am gerkin an American History fan so this might be the reason behind my lethargic attitude while reading this book.

It was proposed that the judiciary have a veto over legislation similar to the president, but this also was voted down, eliminating more redundancy.

Being that it was assigned for my history class, I thought it would be more like a textbook than an actual story. Each state insisted on issuing its own currency, and, thus, a New Yorker sending goods to South Carolina ran a gauntlet of ever-fluctuating exchange rates before his wares reached their final destination.


Realizing ccarol lack of clairvoyance and their imperfection in creating something that would fit the indefinite future, the framers of the constitution were wise enough to include in the constitution a capacity for change.

Now that is an appreciated carll The chapters were extremely lengthy and super boring. Maybe if it was not so repetitive I would like it. Informative, but so, so boring. The reason for such action was to prevent the rise of tyrants within the government, crol to the British monarchy. I would easily lose my attention and forget what I am reading about.

Virginia and South Carolina cheerfully squeezed what they could out of hapless North Carolina. 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. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori.

Inventing the American Constitution I felt uneasy. They had a large amount of debt and the 13 states conducted themselves as independent political units. As one that has a balance of power and prevents rights from being violated. Unfortunately, each of these blessings soon proved to have a darker side. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Living long before the “imperial presidency” of the 20th Century, they focused primarily upon the legislative power.

Dark clouds and a suffocating gloom seemed to have settled over the country, and these men understood that something had gone terribly wrong.

A Brilliant Solution: inventing the American Constitution

The constitutional convention is a knot in the history of the USA, yet it seems to me that some of the threads running in and then out of that knot soluion the more interesting stories such as George Washington’s appalling credit rating or how Madison and Hamilton fell out. Two major British military campaigns had left the Carolinas in shambles, with scores of homeless and penniless still to be cared for. Inventing the American Constitution”, by Carol Brilllant took an intriguing outlook on the ways the founding fathers had constructed The Constitution.


I hates this feeling of being lost and not grasping carop what I was currently reading. Berkin did a lovely job detailing the foundation of how the American Constitution was written and constructed.

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They were rewarded with the convention’s creation of the Senate, a body supposedly of extraordinarily wise men, two from each state. Additionally, the text was hard to comprehend. All of these reasons were easily shot down by simple, logical arguments, and again I must ask why anyone would say a new government would be a bad idea at this time.

The group of men who travelled to Philadelphia in the summer of had no idea what kind of history their meeting would make. Overall, this book was quite different from reading a textbook; it was easier to read, easier to comprehend, and most importantly it was quite short.

Between andthe proud new nation faced economic crisis, military weakness and interstate conflict—problems so enormous they almost dashed all hopes for a future unified country.

Or if you need some info on the Constitution for school, this is a good place. Berkin writes that the delegates were “men who recognized the idea of compromise, who knew concessions had to be made for the greater good. And what were they fighting for but to secure the absolute sovereignty of their local representative assemblies?

They held meetings in private desperately trying to find solutions in amending the confederation. I would recommend this book to those U.

Reading the first four chapters was required for school, and I was supposed to debate the statement, “Our present federal government is a name, a shadow” by Henry Knox in 1, words.