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Review: A Brilliant Solution, Inventing the American Constitution – by Carol Berkin July This book published in should be a must read for. Berkin describes the making of the U.S. Constitution. A Brilliant Solution: inventing the American Constitution. Author: Carol Berkin. Harcourt, Inc., 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”.

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Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. She describes them in such a way that makes you curious about what they contributed to the constitution; especially when you come across names we are unfamiliar with.

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In A Brilliant Solution: Not all of the delegates wanted soluyion executive branch of government. The solution to these problems, and others, would seem to modern Americans to be the task of the national government. Ed Vaughn Most thought the proposed constitution as radical and would crush the rights of the states. The Delegates to the Constitutional Convention. This is why I think this brillliant a good historical introduction for people looking to delve deeper into this topic.

She is an historian, working with documents that tell of realities. It was a very good book and exceeded my expectations.

It was the tenth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and the third year of life in a new nation, but political leaders everywhere feared there was little cause to celebrate. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt- History – pages. Inventing the American Constitution.

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Overall rating No ratings yet 0. Only in hindsight, as she points out in her epilogue, does caeol and the two party system begin to immediately construe the constitution as supporting a strong central government and turning the office of president into the dominant policy making machine that it is today.

An independent American merchant marine was free to carry American products to the ports of their choosing, but they no longer enjoyed the protection of the British navy on the high seas.

A Brilliant Solution, by Carol Berkin

The author does a brilliant job describing with what motivations the three branches of government were created and how with the help of checks and balances they help making the government berkln prone to corruption.

Refresh and try again. Men coming and going from the event as they all had lives going on at home or in business. For carool newly independent United States, the years just after the Revolution were the best of times and the worst of times: I give this three stars because I felt it was okay but not the best.

No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! She talked about beerkin type of men who took part in the convention, who were rich and white. All of these reasons were easily shot down by simple, logical arguments, and again I must ask why anyone would say a new government would be a bad idea at this time.

Return to Book Page. New England fishermen had won the right to fish off Newfoundland, but they had lost the guaranteed British Caribbean markets for their catch.

There were people who thought creating an efficient government brilliaant pointless or unimportant.

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It was proposed at the convention that the presidency consist of three men, and this was voted down. The men involved in creating the new government for 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.

We as the readers see that ever since the end of the war america has put itself in debt which actually stopped america for actually achieving any change in their lives we also see that Berkin actually exposed the people of the convention to be real men instead of people who just represented states. These nagging economic problems had not brought Americans closer together.

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But if anyone wants to read it, here it is in the spoiler below. Between andthe proud new nation faced economic crisis, military weakness and berkij conflict—problems so enormous they almost dashed all hopes for a future unified country. I liked the way Berkin named each chapter with a clever name and a quote.

The delegates had an aversion to absolutes — a great strength. Bush win the election.