Democracy in America

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Library of America, 2004 - Philosophy - 941 pages
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Alexis de Tocqueville, a young aristocratic French lawyer, came to the United States in 1831 to study its penitentiary systems. His nine-month visit and subsequent reading and reflection resulted in Democracy in America(1835–40), a landmark masterpiece of political observation and analysis. Tocqueville vividly describes the unprecedented social equality he found in America and explores its implications for European society in the emerging modern era. His book provides enduring insight into the political consequences of widespread property ownership, the potential dangers to liberty inherent in majority rule, the importance of civil institutions in an individualistic culture dominated by the pursuit of material self-interest, and the vital role of religion in American life, while prophetically probing the deep differences between the free and slave states. The clear, fluid, and vigorous translation by Arthur Goldhammer is the first to fully capture Tocqueville’s achievements both as an accomplished literary stylist and as a profound political thinker.
  

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Modern History Sourcebook: de Tocqueville: Democracy in America
from Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, volume II, translated by Daniel Gilman (New York: Century Co., 1898), pages 37-39, 119-121, 124-128 ...
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Democracy in America, Then and Now, a Struggle Against Majority ...
Alexis de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America" is both an appreciation of American democracy, and a cautionary tale about its fragility.
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Tocqueville: Book II Chapter 6
WHEN men are no longer united among themselves by firm and lasting ties, it is impossible to obtain the co-operation of any great number of them unless you ...
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Motion in Tocqueville's Democracy in America
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Democracy in America - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Why the Americans Show ...
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Democracy in America
Democracy in America is a unique 15-part course for high school teachers that ... Democracy in America is designed to aid in the repair of American civic ...
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Democracy in America@Everything2.com
Democracy in America was a book published in two volumes by French aristocrat Alexis de Tocqueville in 1835 and 1840. The book is a summarization of de ...
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Alexis de Tocqueville - Compare/Contrast Democracy in America, by ...
Compare/Contrast Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville, Alexis de Tocqueville.
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About the author (2004)

Alexis de Tocqueville was born in 1805 to a noble French family that had survived the French Revolution. His father gained some political power under the reign of the Bourbons, and after the July Revolution of 1830, the family was exiled along with the king. Tocqueville, then twenty-five years old, stayed in France, swearing allegiance to the new government. Shortly thereafter he and a friend, Gustave de Beaumont, sought and received a government assignment to study the prison system of the United States. They arrived in America in 1831. After extensive travels across the young nation, Tocqueville wrote Democracy in America (published in two volumes in 1835 and 1840). The publication of the first volume made Tocqueville a well-known figure, but he led a quiet life, accepting modest governmental posts, traveling around Europe, and marrying an Englishwoman. In 1848, Tocqueville once again rose to political prominence after a prescient speech that foretold of revolution. After serving through the massive upheavals and overthrows of government, Tocqueville retired from political life in 1849. Always weak in health, his lung disease grew progressively worse from that period on. Moving south several times on doctor's recommendations, Tocqueville succumbed to death in 1859, in Cannes.

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