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Democracy in America and Two Essays on America

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ISBN-10: 0140447601

ISBN-13: 9780140447606

Edition: 2003

Authors: Alexis de Tocqueville, Gerald E. Bevan, Isaac Kramnick, Isaac Kramnick

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In 1831 Tocqueville set out from post-revolutionary France on a journey across America that would take him nine months and cover 7000 miles. The result was 'Democracy in America', a subtle and prescient analysis of the life and institutions of 19th-century America.
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 992
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

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…