Walter Bagehot

Frank Prochaska

in Eminent Victorians on American Democracy

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199640614
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738678 | DOI:
Walter Bagehot

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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

Chapter.  10074 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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