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.
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