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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Instead they chose the “electoral college.

A Brilliant Solution: inventing the American Constitution

I hates this feeling of being lost and not grasping to what I was currently reading. 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. With duties to pay at every state border, even the most intrepid merchant or shipper found interstate commerce a nightmare. References to this book Doing History: For these Revolutionaries, the rallying cry of “No taxation without representation” had meaning only in the context of their local colonial assemblies, now free from the oppression of the British Parliament and the British king.

Or, get it for Kobo Super Points! From his plantation in Virginia, George Washington lamented the steady stream of diplomatic humiliations suffered by the young Republic.

They actually liked squeezing the life out of their fellow states. This is without a doubt my favorite history book!

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I give this three stars because I felt it was okay but not brilliaant best. See if you bekin enough points for this item. They had goals of equality and unity in Americas. We had to read this for AP U. View Full Version of PW. Inventing the American Constitutionauthor Carol Berkin recalls the period following the end of the Revolutionary War when the Articles of Confederation were in force as the governing code for the new United States.


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James Madison described New Jersey, trapped between the two states, as “a cask tapped at both ends. Farther north peace, not war, had caol the crushing blow to New England”s economy. Being soluion it was assigned for my history class, I thought it would be more like a textbook than an actual story. The Inauguration of President George Washington. Nor was elector to be anyone who held an “office of profit or trust under the U.

A fascinating and detailed look into the creation of the American Constitution. A Brilliant Solution is titled this way to describe the government that still exists today.

Virginia”s penalties for avoiding its interstate import duties would have impressed even the most venal British customs men. Despairing, idle fishermen could be seen in every seaport town, helpless in the face of British trade restrictions against them in the West Indies. Unfortunately I am not an American History fan so this might be the reason behind my lethargic attitude while reading this book.

Berkin shows the desperation and passion of the men who met in Philadelphia in the summer of to design Cqrol new constitution. The states had their own little chaotic governments.

We know–and love–the story of the American Revolution, from the Declaration of Independence to Cornwallis’s defeat.

So when a group of men traveled birlliant 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. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.


Congress made short shrift of the document Dickinson presented, systematically editing out any suggestion that the Confederation would enjoy any real power over the states.

Item s unavailable for purchase. 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. The author also makes history very easy to understand.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Its army was small and inconsequential; its credit was ruined; and the 13 states tended to conduct themselves as wholly independent political units. Books of the Week. Would you like us to take another look at this review?

In the book Berkin manages to humanize many of the delegates unlike most textbooks do. It was a very good book and exceeded my expectations.

No privileges that came with being part of Great Britain at all, as said here in A Brilliant Solutionz: And solutiob the character sketches made by William Pierce would show, it also had its share of eccentric dressers and dandies, alcoholics and snuff addicts, mediocrities and boors.