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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In New Jersey William Livingston confided to a friend his doubt that the Republic could survive another decade.

With duties to pay at every state border, even the most intrepid merchant or shipper found interstate commerce a nightmare.

Selection of the executive was intriguing, caroll was the skepticism by which the founders approached power, wanting t Another quick read. This is because I am not a history lover.

A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution

Oct 13, Noelle Coleman rated it liked it. I took a dislike to some George Washington despite appreciating their contributions. But fears arose that the Senate and the House of Representatives might have too much power. To ask solition readers questions about A Brilliant Solutionplease sign up.

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. Chesapeake tobacco planters had renounced their debts to Scottish merchants and English consignment agents when they declared independence, but in the process they had lost their most reliable sources of credit. A lucid study in constitutional history and a meditation on the decline of small-r republican values in the age of the imperial presidency.


Nov 03, Seamus rated it liked it Recommends it for: Between andthe proud new nation faced economic crisis, military weakness and interstate conflict—problems so enormous they almost dashed all hopes for a future unified country.

At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude brilliat profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

A must-read, though, if you truly want to waste hours of your time reading grammatically incorrect, verbose sentences telling you about the color of Roger Sherman’s suit, which was apparently poorly fitted and a dull shade of black.

I found it funny how she began her book with stating how she felt about the founding fathers, men who did not brilliznt or have faith in what they were doing.

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. After a while it makes you want to commit suicide.

It is worth reading no matter how much you know about what happened.

A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution by Carol Berkin

To be honest I was correct. Published October 20th by Mariner Books first published Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But to me it is a plus if I know how America came to be, it is the country I reside in. In that time, the federal government was not what it could be, not what it should be, and not what it would become.

Instead the constitution was the result of constant arguing among delegates who although largely nationalists as opposed to states-rights ber,in who stayed away had no consistent vision of what beerkin of nation or institution they wanted.


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Schisms Threats and Compromises. The decision to support a bicameral legislature with proportional representation in only one of the two houses was one of the most brilliant parts of the brilliant solution.

The delegates wrestled with issues and verbally with each — as the imperfect do. Berkin writes that the delegates were “men who recognized the idea of compromise, who knew concessions had to be made for the greater good. And at the very least, this shocked me, I’ve actually used some of the info from this book when talking about modern politics. Discover what to read next. Please review your cart. We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them.

In the aftermath of the Revolution, real political power resided in these state governments. As well it includes how the Articles of Confederation was a downfall to the nation and what not. I learned two things first that it is a process to actually make a new government and it causes people to rethink their role in that nation second you have to believe in what you are fighting for.



A shadow of what it could potentially and should potentially become. They had a large amount of debt and the 13 states conducted themselves as independent political units. Like most people, talking about the constitution and how our government was created is probably one of the most boring things you could suggest.