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 states had too much power that the country could not function properly. Oct 13, Noelle Coleman rated it liked it.

Each state insisted on issuing its own currency, and, thus, soltion New Yorker sending goods to South Carolina ran a gauntlet of ever-fluctuating exchange rates before his wares reached their final destination. The people at the top tried to get something out of it, suffocating their citizens or the states around them through any way they could.

Only in hindsight, as she points out in her epilogue, does politics and brilluant two party system begin to immediately bedkin the constitution as supporting a strong central government and turning the office of president into the dominant policy making machine that it is today. Federal means having a system of government in which multiple states are a union but are still independent in internal matters.

Berkin shows the desperation and passion of the men who met in Philadelphia in the summer In A Brilliant Solution: At times the reading became a little dry, but that is how history works most of the time.


You can virtual taste the teacher using this book to bberkin some compare and contrast questions.

A Brilliant Solution: inventing the American Constitution

True, the restrictions and injustices suffered in the colonial era had been eliminated but so, too, had many of the advantages of membership in the British empire. A fascinating and detailed look into the creation of brilliannt American Constitution.

It talks of how America was weak when it was under the Articles of Confederation, and that a change was necessary and dire. The reason for such action was to prevent the rise of tyrants within the government, similar to the British monarchy. Short view spoiler [ pages once you discount the constitutions at the end of the book hide spoiler ]. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping.

History I highly advise reading this book as this will enhance your understanding of not only the past but the modern society. Books by Carol Berkin. Alas reviews from the generation currently undergoing education appear largely unfavourable. It took true effort to get myself to keep going, which is a shame since the topic is so fascinating.

One of the best books I’ve read in US history. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. She was able to re-enact the events that occurred throughout the process. Interesting to learn about George Mason and Randolph, and a lot of the people who opposed adoption.

In that time, the federal government was not what it soltuion be, not what it should cqrol, and not what it would become. How each class and different people had presented their opinions on the constitution.



And let me be honest: An independent American merchant marine was free to carry American products to the ports of their choosing, but they no longer enjoyed the protection of the British navy on the high seas.

The are plenty of accounts and information about what was put into the creation of our constitution. Experiences down the road — the doings of human beings — were to be incorporated into the constitution in the form of amendments.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. The individual states were putting up vrilliant, trade barriers, and border payments at every corner, just like their previous country, hypocritically enough. Jan 21, Craig rated it liked it Shelves: Most important, Berkin emphasizes that the framers saw the Constitution as a working document, one that would require revision as the country grew.

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Discover what to read next. Please review your cart. By demonstrating the problems that the fathers face and the ways they solved the problem serves as an ephemeral lesson.

As much as I looked forward to reading this book, I really regret reading it. Books of the Week.