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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Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. Most of the delegates were lawyers, which, writes Berkin, “may explain the verbosity on the convention floor. Books by Carol Berkin. The delegates had an aversion to absolutes — a great strength. If this is assigned to you A page book that was painfully and pointlessly expanded into a page book full of useless descriptions and erroneous statements.

Reading this book truly gave me an insight to understand upon which principles the nation was created, including equality and justice. Animated by a heartfelt ill will and rivalry, state legislators missed no opportunity to exploit the weaknesses of their neighbors…States with natural advantages made every effort to abuse those without them.

Far from the battlefield during most of the Revolution, New England farmers had expanded their production to meet the demands for food in other regions.

They were men of wealth and comfort,” she says, landowners, slaveholders, lawyers, merchants, land and securities speculators, and an occasional doctor or clergyman,” who were crafty enough to know that premature leaks could scuttle their proposed brklliant of state.

The title should be at least 4 characters long. With duties to pay at every state border, even the most intrepid merchant or shipper found interstate commerce a nightmare.

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Alas reviews from the gener Short view spoiler [ pages once you discount the constitutions at the end berkih the book hide spoiler ]. And settlers faced no barriers to westward migration, but they could no longer rely on a well-trained and well-equipped army when Indians attacked.

How does her argument differ from other interpretations of the event and people? She does a lot to develop the personality of the people involved–especially some of the ones who aren’t in the normal pantheon.


From this novel I have learned the way the constitution was made and the many troubles that the people who were in this convention faced when deciding what to do.

For instance, the core purpose of the National Convention was to fix the Articles of Confederation and to create a centralized government. She talked about the type of men who took part in the convention, who were rich and white. The Call for a Convention. I liked the way Berkin named each chapter with a clever name and a quote.

Rice planters had to replace much of their labor force as hundreds of slaves had run away or found refuge in British army camps. In New Jersey William Livingston confided to a friend his doubt that catol Republic could survive another decade. If I was able to, I would have stopped reading it but I needed to know everything from this book in order to do well on my history test.

Two major British military campaigns had left the Carolinas in shambles, with scores of homeless and carok still to be cared for. I agree with him.

The nation created back then would have a great impact to our current one. They had a large amount of debt and the 13 states conducted themselves as independent political units. It used way to many big words, in context that I didn’t think made sense. The author does a brilliant job describing with what motivations the three branches of government were created and how with bbrilliant help of checks and balances they help making the government less prone to corruption.

Here “men of their times,” she comments that they beerkin not as concerned with the role of the executive as brilluant are today. How to write a great review. A fascinating and detailed look into the creation of the American Constitution.

For the newly independent United States, the years just after the Revolution were the best of times and the worst of times: But I have to disagree with myself and say all of her evidence to the steps upon making the constitution was necessary at some points.

The review must be at least 50 characters long. The question was could they do anything to save their country? I only read this book because it was my homework. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Being that it was assigned for my history class, I thought it would be more like a textbook than an actual story. Or if you need some info on the Constitution for school, this is a good place. Would you like us to take another look at this review?


Although it was sort of interesting I started to get bored around the same time that the delgates did. These sub-titles correlated to the main idea of the chapter. Society can learn from these very pivotal dilemmas. Realizing their 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.

And let me be honest: Who would provide the protection colonists once found in the sheltering arms of their mother country?

A Brilliant Solution: inventing the American Constitution

The 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. A rich narrative portrait of carl America and the men who shaped its political future. Not all of the delegates wanted an executive branch of government. Jan 21, Craig rated it liked it Shelves: I learned a lot of historical facts by reading this bool. Nov 03, Seamus rated it liked it Recommends it for: It is worth reading no matter how much you know about what happened.

These are the men who produced what she calls the “brilliant solution. Its hard to muster much enthusiasm once I realised that Alexander Hamilton and other brilkiant fathers bbrilliant not stand to sit though the whole of the convention and took themselves off for extended breaks – they not me were the ones with a stake in the process!