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American Commonwealth, The (1888, rev. 1910; 50th anniversary edition, 1939).

by James Bryce (1838-1922). A classic by an English statesman and historian of the structure of American government and the character of American society, it is perhaps more widely read in the United States than in England. Bryce, later an ambassador to the U. S., visited America five times before writing his massive and comprehensive two-volume work, the most important study of this nation since DE TOCQUEVILLE 's Democracy in America. He dealt with the Federal government, the state and municipal government, political machinery and the party system, the workings of public opinion, the strength and weakness of democratic government, and the social, intellectual, and spiritual forces operating in American life. Bryce was an enthusiastic believer in America but not blind to American faults and weaknesses. A supplementary chapter on the Tweed Ring in New York City caused the entire first edition to be suppressed. entire action

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Publication:Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature
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Date:Jan 1, 1991
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