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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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Eminent Victorians on American Democracy

Frank Prochaska

Oxford University Press

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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