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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When I think of the constitution I don’t think that there was as much involved as I learned from this book. The Best Books of Carrol made short shrift of the document Dickinson presented, systematically editing out any suggestion that the Confederation would enjoy bedkin real power over the states.

She also talked about the subjects that were brought up cqrol caused controversy in the convention, like the requirements for government positions. Schisms Threats and Compromises. Like most people, talking about the constitution and how our government was created is probably one of the most boring things you could suggest.

For the newly independent United States, the years just after the Revolution were the best of times and the worst of times: Revisiting all the original historical documents of the period and drawing from her deep knowledge of eighteenth-century politics, Carol Berkin opens up the hearts and berkim of America’s founders, revealing the issues they faced, the times they lived in, and their humble expectations of success.

Just because of one little state, Florida!

But all their ideas, arguments, and compromises—from the creation of the Constitution itself, article by article, to the insistence that it remain a living, evolving document—laid the foundation for a government that has surpassed the founders’ greatest hopes.

Appended to her engaging narrative are copies of the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution as initially approved, as well as thumbnail biographies of all the representatives to the convention. 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.


Nov 03, Seamus rated it liked it Recommends it for: Congress could override the President’s veto by a two-thirds vote. The author did astounding job with intermingling facts into beroin story line making the reading very interesting. New Jersey had gone so far as to create its own customs service, an ironic tribute to the regulatory system of aolution former British rulers. This is without a doubt my favorite history book!

Paperbackpages. Revisiting all the original documents and using her deep knowledge of eighteenth-century history and politics, Carol Berkin takes a fresh look at the men who framed the Constitution, the issues they faced, and the times they lived in.

But also Carol Berkin does such a good job in actually getting inside the heads of the characters to see what their view is of this new government but also to see how it brings change to their lives also she does a good job on showing how the nations berkjn powerful men had fought for change were the rest of the convention said that this new government would fail.

A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution by Carol Berkin

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. Overall rating No ratings yet 0. In A Brilliant Solution: New Jersey had gone so far as to create its own customs service, an ironic tribute to the regulatory solutiln of its former British rulers.

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For some people soultion may be super interesting but even for them, Carol Berkin’s narrative view provides a more story like telling of our constitutional convention.

A lucid study in constitutional history and a meditation on the decline of small-r republican values in the age of the imperial presidency.

A Brilliant Solution is titled this way to describe the government that still exists today. But I have to disagree with myself and say all of her evidence to the steps upon making the constitution was necessary at some points.


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Aug 10, Kendra G. But all the ideas, arguments, and compromises led to a great thing: There were no romantic speeches or fiery oratory. The men involved in creating the new government dolution the United States become men again in this book, not the “mythical founders who could do no wrong”, or, as it sometimes comes across now that we are struggling with come to terms with their flaws, “the dastardly founders whose flaws make it impossible to admit they did some things right.

Where Dickinson”s version began with a firm declaration that the “Colonies unite themselves so as never to be divided by any Act whatever,” the amended version began with the equally firm declaration that “each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence. Some, most likely they who crave power, would disagree with this statement. The Battle for Ratification.

A Brilliant Solution: inventing the American Constitution

Although it was sort of interesting I started to get bored around the same time that the delgates did. The convention itself, shorn of the rest of the politicking of the first years of the Republic, just doesn’t come across as any more than mildly interesting in Berkin’s worthy account. Dark clouds and a suffocating gloom seemed to have settled over the country, and these men understood that something had gone terribly wrong.

Tired of being victimized, Connecticut and New Jersey were rumored to be planning a joint assault on New York. Indeed, it was this faltering, floundering government that threatened, in Washington”s view, to condemn America to appear as a “humiliating and contemptible figure