Democracy in America

ISBN-10: 0872204944
ISBN-13: 9780872204942
Edition: 2000 (Abridged)
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Description: This new abridged translation of Democracy in America reflects the rich Tocqueville scholarship of the past forty years, and restores chapters central to Tocqueville's analysis absent from previous abridgments -- including his discussions of  More...

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List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

This new abridged translation of Democracy in America reflects the rich Tocqueville scholarship of the past forty years, and restores chapters central to Tocqueville's analysis absent from previous abridgments -- including his discussions of enlightened self-interest and the public's influence on ethical standards. Judicious notes and a thoughtful introduction offer aids to the understanding of a masterpiece of nineteenth-century social thought that continues in our own day to illuminate debates about the roles of liberty and equality in American life.

French writer and politician Alexis de Tocqueville was born in Verneuil to an aristocratic Norman family. He entered the bar in 1825 and became an assistant magistrate at Versailles. In 1831, he was sent to the United States to report on the prison system. This journey produced a book called On the Penitentiary System in the United States (1833), as well as a much more significant work called Democracy in America (1835--40), a treatise on American society and its political system. Active in French politics, Tocqueville also wrote Old Regime and the Revolution (1856), in which he argued that the Revolution of 1848 did not constitute a break with the past but merely accelerated a trend toward greater centralization of government. Tocqueville was an observant Catholic, and this has been cited as a reason why many of his insights, rather than being confined to a particular time and place, reach beyond to see a universality in all people everywhere.

Stephen D. Grant received his M.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago.

Sanford Kessler is Associate Professor of Political Science, North Carolina State University.

Introduction
The Point of Departure and Its Importance for the Future of the Anglo-Americans
The Social State of the Anglo-Americans
The Principle of the Sovereignty of the People in America
The Necessity of Studying What Happens within the Particular States before Discussing the Government of the Union
The Judicial Power in the United States and Its Influence on Political Society
The Federal Constitution
How It Can Be Strictly Said That in the United States It Is the People That Govern
Parties in the United States
Liberty of the Press in the United States
The Government of Democracy in America
What Are the Real Advantages That American Society Derives from Democratic Government
The Omnipotence of the Majority in the United States and Its Effects
What Tempers the Tyranny of the Majority in the United States
Principal Causes That Tend to Maintain the Democratic Republic in the United States
Some Considerations on the Present State and Probable Future of the Three Races That Inhabit the Territory of the United States
The Philosophic Method of the Americans
The Principal Source of Beliefs among Democratic Peoples
How, in the United States, Religion Is Able to Make Use of Democratic Instincts
The Progress of Catholicism in the United States
How Equality Suggests to Americans the Idea of the Indefinite Perfectibility of Man
Why the Americans Are More Devoted to the Practice of the Sciences Than to Their Theory
The Industry of Literature
Why the Study of Greek and Latin Literature Is Especially Useful in Democratic Societies
Some Particular Tendencies of Historians in Democratic Times
Why Democratic Peoples Show a More Ardent and More Lasting Love for Equality Than for Liberty
Individualism in Democratic Countries
How the Americans Combat Individualism by Free Institutions
The Use That the Americans Make of the Association in Civil Life
The Relationship between Associations and Newspapers
Relationships between Civil and Political Associations
How the Americans Combat Individualism by the Doctrine of Interest Rightly Understood
How the Americans Apply the Doctrine of Interest Rightly Understood in Matters of Religion
The Taste for Material Well-Being in America
The Particular Effects That the Love of Material Pleasures Produces in Democratic Times
Why Certain Americans Display Such an Intense Spiritualism
Why the Americans Prove to Be So Uneasy in the Midst of Their Well-Being
How Religious Beliefs Sometimes Turn the Soul of Americans toward Spiritual Pleasures
How, in Times of Equality and of Skepticism, It Is Important to Place the Goal of Human Actions at a Greater Distance
Why, among the Americans, All Honest Occupations Are Considered Honorable
What Makes Almost All Americans Lean toward Industrial Occupations
How Aristocracy May Emerge from Industry
How Moral Habits Become Milder as Conditions Become More Equal
Influence of Democracy on the Family
The Education of Young Women in the United States
How the Young Woman Reappears in the Features of the Wife
How Equality of Conditions Contributes to the Maintenance of Good Morals in America
How the Americans Understand the Equality of Man and Woman
How the Aspect of Society, in the United States, Is at Once Agitated and Monotonous
On Honor in the United States and in Democratic Societies
Why There Are So Many Ambitious Men and So Few Great Ambitions in the United States
Why Great Revolutions Will Become Rare
Equality Naturally Gives to Men the Taste for Free Institutions
That the Ideas of Democratic Peoples Regarding Government Are Naturally Favorable to the Concentration of Powers
That the Sentiments of Democratic Peoples Accord with Their Ideas in Leading Them to Concentrate Power
What Kind of Despotism Democratic Nations Have to Fear
Continuation of the Preceding Chapters
General View of the Subject
Notes

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