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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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John Stuart Mill

John Stuart Mill

The Tyranny of Conformity

2 John Stuart Mill
Eminent Victorians on American Democracy

Frank Prochaska

Oxford University Press

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

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