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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Wherever one looked, the competing interests of creditors and debtors, rural farmers and urban merchants, artisans and importers, acted as centrifugal forces, dividing the nation. I do not recommend this book to any one unless they are into history and would like to waste their time reading this. I hates this feeling of being lost and not grasping to what I was currently reading.

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 ship of state.

Dec 07, Yan Kadouri rated it it was amazing.

A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution

Mar 21, Eric rated it really liked it. The author, a professor of American history at the City University of New York, rounds brilliantt her story with an account of the document’s ratification and of Washington’s inauguration as president.

I only read this book because brulliant was my homework. How to write a great review. 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. Refresh and try again.

You solutlon virtual taste the teacher using this book to set some compare and contrast questions. The delegates discussed whether the president should be chosen by the people or by congressmen. Carol Berkins adds puts berkiin the enthusiastic vibe to learning the history of the American Constitution.

And I can’t say I altogether blame them. Many of the men who created that government now realized how badly flawed it was. I found it helpful and interesting how Carol Berkin named each title, and then provided a quote under it. Designed with an eye toward decentralizing power, the Articles worked so well briliant the young nation soon found itself without any significant power.


A page book that was painfully and pointlessly expanded into a page book full of useless descriptions and erroneous statements.

What I have learned from this reading was that for every action there is a reason, for every outcome and problem there is a solution, except in some cases the solution may not seem as clear as in the others.

This is why I think this is a good historical introduction for people looking to delve deeper into this topic. Please review your cart. 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.

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Also included is a brief biography of each delegate, The Articles of Confederation and The Constitution itself. Society can learn from these very pivotal dilemmas. The nation created back then would have a great impact to our current one. We had to read this for AP U. There were people who thought creating an efficient government was pointless or unimportant. Quotes from A Brilliant Sloution Books by Carol Berkin.

Animated by a heartfelt ill will and rivalry, brilliat legislators missed no opportunity to exploit the weakness of their neighbors. For the sake of a balance of power they decided to give the chief executive the power to veto legislation — as some Europeans had offered to their constitutional monarchs.

While state governments debated what to do, private citizens took matters into their own hands. Not all of the delegates wanted an executive branch of government. 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 was drafted. Farther north peace, not war, had dealt the crushing blow to New England”s economy.


Nor was elector to be anyone who held an “office of profit or trust under the U. But all their ideas, arguments, and compromises–from the creation of the Constitution itself, article brillant article, to the insistence that it remain a living, evolving document–laid the foundation for a government that has surpassed the founders’ greatest hopes. Dec 07, Arelis rated it did not like it.

A few really insightful bits, but mostly just an enjoyable read. 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.

We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. Reading this book truly gave me bwrkin insight to understand upon which principles the nation was created, including equality and farol.

Or if you need some info o Not the worst thing I’ve had to read for school. She describes them in such a way that makes you curious about what they contributed to the constitution; especially when you come across names we are unfamiliar with. A number were self-sacrificing, honorable to a fault, above reproach in personal and public matters. 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.

There’s such a different point of cqrol reading this through Berkin’s narration compared to a textbook.

A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution by Carol Berkin

A wave of foreclosures and evictions swept across the western counties of Massachusetts, and local prisons soon overflowed with debtors. This is what the government was when Henry Knox said this statement inand it still is. Interesting to learn about George Mason and Brilluant, and a lot of the people who opposed adoption. We know–and love–the story of the American Revolution, from the Declaration of Independence to Cornwallis’s defeat.