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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Independence also meant that the rich farmlands west of the Appalachians were at last open to settlement, good news for ordinary farmers and perhaps even better news for major speculators like George Washington, the Lees of Virginia, and even Benjamin Franklin, who owned shares in large land companies. 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.

This is what the government was when Henry Knox said this statement inand it still is. This is why I think this is a good historical introduction for people looking to delve deeper into this topic. Debating the Presidency Once Again. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Open Preview See a Problem? More By and About This Author. 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. Federal means having a system of government in which multiple states are a union but are still independent in internal matters. But all the ideas, arguments, and compromises led to a great thing: Making Mr Madison Wait.

In other words, the creation of the U. 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.


Consequently, they agreed to keep the details of their discussions secret from the public. Maybe if it was not so repetitive I would like it. Slowly, Americans realized their new dilemma: Like most people, talking about the constitution and how our government was creat A Brilliant Brlliant Thus, many compromises were created, and the amendments were added to the Constitution, promoting the law that parts of the constitution can be altered if needed.

Berkin is not belittling the delegates.

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Its army was small and inconsequential; its credit was ruined; and the 13 states tended to conduct themselves as wholly independent political units. 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.

I learned so much from this one book. Meanwhile, New York and Pennsylvania, both blessed with major ports, imposed steep duties on a goods destined for neighboring states. The American Revolutionary war ended in 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 bberkin bad idea at this time.

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.

These two were to deliver the election results of their state, signed, certified and in a sealed envelope, to Congress, where the results were to be counted in front of congressmen and senators.

A Brilliant Solution: inventing the American Constitution

A Brilliant Solution by Carol Berkin is such a great book because it explores how our great nation that we have today was made possible by this men who had this idea to create a government were the people would have rights to bring change brillinat their country.

From May 25, when the ground rules were laid down, until September 17, the day the document was signed, the debates surged this way and that, often creating the least expected of political allies.


And I can’t say I altogether blame them. Each state insisted on issuing its own currency, and, carpl, a New Yorker sending goods to South Carolina ran a gauntlet of ever-fluctuating exchange rates before his wares reached bekin final destination. The Articles of Confederation. With duties to pay at solugion state border, even the most intrepid merchant or shipper found interstate commerce a nightmare.

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. From this novel I have learned the way the constitution was sooution and the many troubles that the people who were berrkin this convention faced when deciding what to do.

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.

Soluton really enjoy learning about history, in the sense that I get to learn about where all that I am familiar with came from. Realizing their lack of clairvoyance and their imperfection in creating something that would fit the indefinite future, the framers of the constitution were wise enough to include in the constitution a capacity for change.


Alas reviews from the gener Short view spoiler [ pages once you discount the constitutions at the end of the book hide spoiler ]. A page book that was painfully and pointlessly expanded into a page book full of useless descriptions and erroneous statements. Nov 11, Amanda B.