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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The United States Constitution. Oct 13, Noelle Coleman rated it liked it. Berkin shows the desperation and passion of the men who met in Philadelphia in the summer In A Brilliant Solution: Well, it was already happening: The Call for a Convention.

May 08, Backoff51 rated it really liked it. New Englanders were equally optimistic, for John Adams”s dogged persistence had won them the right to fish the outer banks of Newfoundland. Jefferson’s view being mixed was interesting.

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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. Dec 06, Rosemarie rated it did not bri,liant it.

Two major British military campaigns had left the Carolinas in shambles, with scores of homeless and penniless still to be cared for. She mentions the Gore vs Bush the Younger disputed presidential election and the terrorist attacks wondering what the founding fathers might have thought.

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. 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.


Although it was sort of interesting I started to get bored around the same time that the delgates did. History I highly advise reading this book as this will enhance your understanding of not only the past but the modern society.

Although the universally revered George Washington and Ben Franklin were both active in the convention, they were less assertive than such younger colleagues as James Madison and Alexander Hamilton. It was proposed that the judiciary have a veto over legislation similar to the president, but this also was voted down, eliminating more redundancy. What, after all, was the country waging war against but the tyranny of centralized power?

Just because of one little state, Florida! The states had their own bberkin chaotic governments. They had a large amount of soultion and the 13 states conducted themselves as independent political units. Congress struggled to hold the states together, and interests often clashed. Rice planters had to replace much of their labor force as hundreds of slaves had run away or found refuge in British army camps.

Although I cannot personally relate that much to this book, I did find it very intriguing. Berkin has done soultion comprehensive study of the personalities and life circumstances of all the fellows at the Constitutional Convention in Philly in Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, James Brilliajt, Robert Morris-in short, men from every state-agreed that a serious crisis had settled upon the nation.

Aug 30, Elizabeth S rated it it was ok Shelves: Some, most likely they who crave power, would disagree with this statement.

This is a great book for high school students to read provided they have time, which I’m sure they don’t alongside their textbook. They actually liked squeezing the life out of their fellow states.

A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution by Carol Berkin

By the conflict and chaos created by thirteen independent mercantile systems was obvious, yet calls for commercial cooperation that year and the following year were met with suspicion, resistance-and a decided lack of interest. For all scholars taking U. 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 chapters were extremely lengthy and super boring. For the newly independent United States, the years just after the Revolution were the best of times and the worst of times: This book contains many themes such as secrecy, power, tyranny, trust, as well as the speed of transportation and communication back then.

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. Item s unavailable for purchase.

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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 most powerful men had fought for change were the rest of the convention said that this new government would fail. Motivated by a strong sense of missed opportunity to debate the necessity of the Electoral College after the contested bfilliant, she wanted to explain to the more general public the pragmatic way in which the members of the Constitutional Convention went about finding a Brilliant Solution to the challenges posed by the task of institutionalizing representative government.

So, I decided to start by breaking this quote down.

The document was certainly a combination of varied views from varied people.