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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Inventing the American Constitution A Harvest book. Not the worst thing I’ve had to read for school. I ended up giving this book as a gift to numerous people, who reportedly couldn’t put it down to turn off the light at night. 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.

A Brilliant Solution: inventing the American Constitution

States with natural advantages made every effort to abuse those without them. BookPage review by Edward Morris. These two were to deliver the election results of their state, signed, certified and wolution a sealed envelope, to Congress, where the results were to be counted brilliany front of congressmen and senators. The delegates discussed whether the president should be chosen by the people or by congressmen.

A couple of points of interest. Lists with This Book. I give this three stars because I felt it was okay but not the caeol. Please review your cart. See if you have enough points for this item. Between andthe proud new nation faced economic crisis, military weakness and interstate conflict—problems so enormous they solutiion dashed all hopes for a future unified country.


I found it helpful and interesting how Carol Berkin named each title, and then provided a quote under it. Quotes from A Brilliant Solut A number were self-sacrificing, honorable to a fault, above reproach in personal and public matters. Berkin writes that the delegates were “men who recognized the idea of compromise, who knew concessions had to be made for the greater good.

A Brilliant Solution

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. Berkin narrates every detail of the constitution, from when the time before the constitution to the final signature and ratification of the document.

A concise account of the deliberations of the framers of the Constituion, and the conflicting ideas from which the structure of the federal government emerged. The question was could they do anything to save their country.

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Aug 30, Elizabeth S rated it it was ok Shelves: Wherever one looked, the competing interests of creditors and debtors, rural farmers and urban merchants, artisans and importers, acted bdrkin centrifugal forces, dividing the nation. Meanwhile, New York and Pennsylvania, both blessed with major ports, imposed steep duties on all goods destined for neighboring states.


The electors were solutiob meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for two persons to represent their state. Two major British military campaigns had left the Carolinas in shambles, with scores of homeless and penniless still to be cared for.

Ironically, I finished reading this on the day of Trump’s inaugural. Berkin shows the desperation and passion of the men who met in Philadelphia in the summer of to design America’s new constitution.

Local agriculture fared no solutlon.

The Inauguration of President George Washington. I learned a lot of historical facts by reading this bool. As well it includes how the Articles of Confederation was bripliant downfall to the nation and what not. Trivia About A Brilliant Solut Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. The document was certainly a combination of varied views from varied people.

Being that it was assigned for my history class, I thought it would be more like a textbook than an actual story.

Other sovereign rights claimed by the states hurt domestic trade.