A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003 - 310 страница
Historian Carol Berkin's A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution is a rich narrative portrait of post-revolutionary America and the men who shaped its political future.

Just as the Constitution was a brilliant solution to the problems of the 1780s, Carol Berkin's book is a brilliant account of the making of that constitution. Written with great verve and clarity, it nicely captures all the contingency and unpredictability in the framing of the Constitution. -- Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gordon S. Wood

Though the American Revolution is widely recognized as our nation's founding story, the years immediately following the war -- when our government was a disaster and the country was in a terrible crisis -- were in fact the most crucial in establishing the country's independence. The group of men who traveled to Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 had no idea what kind of history their meeting would make. But all their ideas, arguments, and compromises -- from the creation of the Constitution itself, article by article, to the insistence that it remain a living, evolving document -- laid the foundation for a government that has surpassed the founders' greatest hopes.

Revisiting all the original historical documents of the period and drawing from her deep knowledge of eighteenth-century politics, Carol Berkin opens up the hearts and minds of America's founders, revealing the issues they faced, the times they lived in, and their humble expectations of success.

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Коментар посетиоца странице  - Jarratt - LibraryThing

Nice little succinct book on the creation of the Constitution. The end of the book includes short biographies of everyone who took part in the convention (whether he signed or not), and the text of the Articles of the Confederation and the Constitution itself. Прочитајте целу рецензију

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Коментар посетиоца странице  - MichaelHodges - LibraryThing

Review: A Brilliant Solution, Inventing the American Constitution - by Carol Berkin……………..7 July 2013 This book published in 2002 should be a must read for all students of American History and ... Прочитајте целу рецензију

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The Call for a Convention
11
Making Mr Madison Wait
30
A Gathering of Demigods
48
The Perils of Power
68
Schisms Threats and Compromises
96
Debating the Presidency Once Again
116
The Convention Ends
149
The Battle for Ratification
169
Epilogue
205
The Delegates to the Constitutional Convention
211
The Articles of Confederation
262
The United States Constitution
276
A Note on Sources
296
Acknowledgments
299
Index
301
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The Inauguration of President George Washington
191

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CAROL BERKIN is the Presidential Professor of History at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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