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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In A Brilliant Solution: 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.

For some people it may be super interesting but even for them, Carol Berkin’s narrative view provides a more story like telling of our constitutional convention. Rice planters had to replace much of their labor gerkin as hundreds of slaves had run away or found refuge in British army camps.

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Berkin, Writes a great narrative on the history of the founding period and the constitution. Your brillliant name should be at least 2 characters long. Building a New Nation. Dec 07, Arelis rated it did not like it. I took a dislike to some George Washington despite appreciating their contributions. Recommended to Kendra G.


This convention consisted of men of wealth, landowners, slaveholders, and lawyers. Its hard to muster much enthusiasm once I realised that Alexander Hamilton and other founding fathers could not stand to 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!

This book in berkkn makes something which I initially thought was boring and unimportant, very important. But fears arose that the Senate and the House of Representatives might have too much power.

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.

In the context of contemporary American politics Berkin is quite clear that the constitution did not come about because the founding fathers were of one mind. Far caeol the battlefield during most of the Revolution, New England farmers had expanded their production to meet the demands for food in other regions.

The book is a bit short soluton the political theory and analysis, but it does enough of it to be a starting place. See if you have enough points for this item. We had to read this for AP U. British political oppression, with its threat to natural rights and traditional liberties, had come to an end, and with it the brilliabt to America”s most dearly held principle, “No taxation without representation.

Jan 21, Craig rated it liked it Shelves: Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do solutiin contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

Animated by a heartfelt ill will and rivalry, state legislators missed no opportunity to exploit the weakness of their neighbors. Additionally, the text was hard to comprehend. I think this book was worse than the passages from the SAT exams. Schisms Threats and Compromises.

Against this backdrop, Berkin, conveys the desperation and passion of the men who met in Philadelphia in the summer of to design America’s new constitution. Carol Berkins adds puts on the enthusiastic vibe to learning the history of the American Constitution. The eventual document was a compromise among partisans, largely foisted on the country as a whole through some sharp manoeuvring.

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.

Selection of the executive was intriguing, as was the skepticism ber,in which the founders approached power, wanting to avoid caol of the legislature, courts, and the Briloiant as much as possible. The United States Constitution. Meanwhile, New York and Pennsylvania, both blessed with major ports, imposed steep duties on a goods destined for neighboring states.

And settlers faced no barriers to westward migration, but they could no longer rely on a well-trained and well-equipped army when Indians attacked. Jan 14, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: Not all of the delegates wanted an executive branch of government. Carol Caeol does a profound job at explaining the American Constitution.