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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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Walter Bagehot

Walter Bagehot

The Tyranny of the Constitution

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(p.47) 3 Walter Bagehot
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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/9780199640614.003.0003

Walter Bagehot, editor of the Economist and author of The English Constitution, wrote nearly forty articles on the United States in the 1860s, in which he touched on a variety of themes, including the Constitution, the Civil War, slavery, comparative government, the Presidency, elective monarchy, Abraham Lincoln, and reconstruction. Although a Liberal in British politics, he had misgivings about American democracy, which he thought vulgar, and criticized the US Constitution as dated and inflexible.

Keywords:   US Constitution, democracy, slavery, Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, reconstruction, elective monarchy

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