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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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James Bryce

James Bryce

Anglo-Saxon Democracy

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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/9780199640614.003.0005

James Bryce, a former Ambassador to the United States, was the most positive Victorian writer on American democracy. His magisterial book The American Commonwealth dealt with virtually every aspect of American government, including the Founding Fathers, the Federal Constitution, the spoils system, the Supreme Court, the party system, the electoral politics and the emergence of a plutocracy. Bryce was a British liberal, who did as much as anyone in his generation to advance the idea of Anglo-Saxonism in transatlantic relations.

Keywords:   Founding Fathers, democracy, US Constitution, spoils system, Anglo-Saxonism, party system, Federalism, Congress, egalitarianism

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