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Eminent Victorians on American DemocracyThe View from Albion$
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Frank Prochaska

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199640614

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640614.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

Anglo-American Exceptionalism

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(p.122) 6 Conclusion
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Eminent Victorians on American Democracy
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Frank Prochaska

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640614.003.0006

The Conclusion pulls together the themes that run through the earlier chapters and suggests that for all the variations in thinking about American government by the Victorians, a common strand in their opinion was a belief in Anglo-Saxon exceptionalism, that is, that the United States drew heavily on British constitutional traditions and that both countries had a gift for self-government.

Keywords:   Anglo-American exceptionalism, democracy, US Constitution, American society, party politics

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