A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003 - 310 Seiten

A rich narrative portrait of post-revolutionary America and the men who shaped its political future

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 Revisiting all the original historical documents of the period and drawing from her deep knowledge of eighteenth-century politics, Carol Berkin opens up the hearts and minds of America's founders, revealing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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Nutzerbericht  - 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

A BRILLIANT SOLUTION: Inventing the American Constitution

Nutzerbericht  - Kirkus

A lucid study in constitutional history and a meditation on the decline of small-r republican values in the age of the imperial presidency.Berkin (American History/CUNY; First Generations, 1996) opens ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Inhalt

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
277
A Note on Sources
298
Acknowledgments
301
Index
303
Urheberrecht

The Inauguration of President George Washington
191

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Über den Autor (2003)

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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