John Stuart Mill

Frank Prochaska

in Eminent Victorians on American Democracy

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199640614
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738678 | DOI:
John Stuart Mill

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The chapter is a study of John Stuart Mill's views on the United States over a period of several decades, which begins with his reviews of Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America. Like Tocqueville, he had serious criticisms about the nature of American democracy. He admired its enterprise and free institutions but disliked its conformity and electoral system, which produced inferior men in politics. Federalism, women's rights, slavery, the Civil War, and the presidency of Abraham Lincoln were important to his analysis.

Keywords: democracy; Alexis de Tocqueville; tyranny of the majority; American conformity; federalism; women's rights; middle classes; comparative government; Civil War; Abraham Lincoln

Chapter.  9978 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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