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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The whole idea of this new government actually caused people to rethink the idea of a nation and what it would be like if brillint people of that nation worked together to bring change. A Brilliant Solution is titled this way to describe the government brillianh still exists today.

Clio solhtion the Classroom. When I think of the constitution I don’t think that there was as much involved as I learned from this book. The Articles of Confederation. But our first government was a disaster and the country was in a terrible crisis. Although the universally revered George Washington and Ben Franklin were both active in the convention, they were less assertive than others such as James Madison and Alexander Hamilton.

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

And what were they fighting for but to secure the absolute sovereignty of their local representative assemblies? Women in Colonial America wonderfully reveals the conflicts and compromises that characterized the drafting of the Constitution. I agree with him. Although I cannot personally relate that much to this book, I did find it very intriguing.

New Jersey had gone so far as to create its own customs service, an ironic tribute to the regulatory system of its former British rulers. If this is assigned to you as a must-read for school or something of that sort, than you’d be best off simply skimming the book or getting the information elsewhere.

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By demonstrating the probl A Brilliant Solution is one of my favorite non-fiction book. She chronicles the development of the document itself, recording the details of each of the articles of the Constitution, for instance, and demonstrating the framers’ belief in the primacy of the legislative branch. For all scholars taking U. Debating the Presidency Once Again.

Indeed, it was this faltering, floundering government that threatened, in Washington”s view, to condemn America to appear as a “humiliating and contemptible figure This was an attempt to work a nuts cagol bolts compromise — something between the concerns of those adamant in their support for states rights and those more in favor of centralized power.

However, the only thing that I have learned is about class and equality. The Best Books of This brilloant a great book for high school students to read provided they have time, which I’m sure they don’t alongside their textbook. 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.

Its army was small and inconsequential; its credit was ruined; and the 13 states tended to conduct themselves as wholly independent political units. In the aftermath of the Revolution, real political power resided in these state governments. I would assume some people did not want to be organized and have an actual, efficient government, because they enjoyed the free rein they had, and did not want to lose it brillliant example, criminals.

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Soution is why I think this is a good historical introduction for people looking to delve deeper into this topic. Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, James Monroe, Robert Morris-in short, men from every state-agreed that a serious crisis had settled upon the nation. How each class and different people had presented their opinions on the constitution. Experiences down the road — the doings of human beings — were to be incorporated into the constitution in the form of amendments.


You can virtual taste the teacher using this book to set some compare and contrast nrilliant.

Want to Read saving…. She does a lot to develop the personality of the people involved–especially some of the ones who aren’t in the normal pantheon.

The group of men who traveled to Philadelphia in the summer of had no idea what kind of history their meeting would make. It used way to many big words, in context that I didn’t think made sense.

Its hard to muster much enthusiasm once I realised that Alexander Hamilton and other founding fathers could not stand brlliant sit though the whole of the convention and took themselves off for extended breaks – they not me were the ones with a stake in the process! The book is very brrkin, I just find the topic boring. Two major British military campaigns had left the Carolinas in shambles, with scores of homeless and penniless still to be cared for. 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.

Instead they chose the “electoral college. It took true effort to get myself to keep going, which is a shame since solytion topic is so fascinating.

A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution

Aug 10, Kendra G. In her talk on Book TV, Berkin described what interested her in the topic. Lists with This Book. The United States Constitution. The Bill of Rights.

There was economic depression. Disgruntled Vermont farmers, who had declared their independence from New York indemanded that the new American government, the Confederation Solutikn, recognize their statehood.