A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution
Harcourt, 2002 - 310 Seiten
We know and love the story of the American Revolution, from the Declaration of Independence to Cornwallis's defeat. We forget, though, that the Articles of Confederation and our first attempts at self-government were disasters; the post-revolutionary Confederation slipped quickly into factional bickering and economic crisis. In 1787, a group of lawyers and politicians, some famous and others just ordinary men, journeyed to Philadelphia, determined to create a more stable framework of government, hoping that it would last long enough to bring an end to the crisis. Revealing that the story of that amazing summer in Philadelphia is more complicated and much more interesting than we have imagined, Carol Berkin makes you feel as if you were there, listening to the arguments, getting to know the framers, and appreciating the difficult and critical decisions being made. Using history as a kind of time travel, Berkin takes the reader into the hearts and minds of the founders, explaining their mind-sets, their fears, and their very limited expectations. By telling a story that is more hallowed than understood, Berkin brings us into the world of eighteenth-century America and shows us the human side of a great accomplishment.
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In his neat and tiny hand , he would secretly preserve each day's proceedings . It
would ... Madison would have little to record that Friday , for the delegates , many
of them old hands at setting up political bodies , both temporary and permanent ...
responsibility in the hands of the people since the people were “ too little
informed of personal characters in large districts . ” Far worse , they were “ liable
to deceptions . ” Gerry's cynicism and contempt could be dismissed as reflections
of his ...
The happiness of this Country , ” Dickinson declared , “ required considerable
power to be left in the hands of the States . ” For that reason , he moved that the
power to remove the executive officer be put in the hands of the state legislatures
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - 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. Vollständige Rezension lesen
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - 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 ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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