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., Read “A Brilliant Solution Inventing the American Constitution” by Carol Berkin with Rakuten Kobo. We know–and love–the story of the American Revolution.

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The group of men who travelled to Philadelphia in the summer of had no idea what kind of history their meeting would make. The constitution is the foundation of our government and a lot of times we don’t know exactly how it was created. Women brilllant Colonial America wonderfully reveals the conflicts and compromises that characterized the drafting of the Constitution.

Short view spoiler [ pages once you discount the constitutions at the end of 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. Account Options Sign in. Published October 20th by Mariner Books first published Your display name should be at least 2 characters long.

There’s such a different point of view reading this through Berkin’s narration compared to a textbook. But this can be argued that many people would listen, because there are other opinions and together the people would find the way to develop an organized and efficient government. Well, it was already happening: A rich narrative portrait of post-revolutionary America and the men who shaped its political future.

By the conflict and chaos created by thirteen independent mercantile systems was obvious, yet calls for commercial cooperation that year and the following year were met with suspicion, resistance-and a decided lack of interest. I thought it was interesting of the whole concept of going back to history to try to solve present problems.


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 way 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. There were people who thought creating an efficient government was pointless or unimportant.

The Inauguration of President George Washington.

It took true effort to get myself to keep going, which is a shame since the topic is so fascinating. S history fans out there!!! Local agriculture fared no better. I would assume some people did not want to be organized and have an actual, efficient government, because they enjoyed the free rein they had, and did not want to lose it for example, criminals.

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The whole idea of this new government actually caused people to rethink the idea of a nation and what it would be brillkant if the people of that nation worked together to bring change. Inventing the American Constitution”, solytion Carol Berkin took an intriguing outlook on the ways the founding fathers had constructed The Constitution.

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A Brilliant Solution: inventing the American Constitution

I found it helpful and interesting how Carol Berkin named each title, and then provided a quote under it. Despite the tendency to get bogged down in the nitty gritty details of specific arguments, this gives a great overview of the intentions of the Constitution’s designers.


Berkin writes that the Continental Congress “faced a host of angry creditors, foreign and domestic, clamoring for repayment of wartime loans. With duties to pay at every state border, even the most beriin merchant or shipper found interstate commerce a nightmare.


A Brilliant Solution, by Carol Berkin

The author, a professor of American history at the City University of New York, rounds out her story with an account of the document’s ratification and of Washington’s inauguration as president. So when a group of men traveled to Philadelphia in the summer of to save a nation in danger of collapse, they had no great expectations for the meeting that would make history.

Jefferson’s view being mixed was interesting.

Independence also meant that gerkin rich farmlands west of the Appalachians were at last open to settlement, good news for ordinary farmers and perhaps even better news for major speculators like George Washington, the Lees of Virginia, and even Benjamin Franklin, who owned shares in large land companies. But fears arose that the Senate and the House of Representatives might have too much power.

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A few really insightful bits, but mostly just an enjoyable read. When reading the book, I acquired a very important lesson. A solid telling of the story of the constitutional convention, which I devoured in a couple hours on a flight. Alas reviews from the gener Short view spoiler [ pages once you discount the constitutions at the end of the book hide spoiler ]. Berkin shows the desperation and passion of the men who met in Philadelphia in the summer In A Brilliant Solution: Overall rating No ratings yet 0.