Democracy in America

ISBN-10: 0679431349

ISBN-13: 9780679431343

Edition: 1994

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Democracy in America has had the singular honor of being even to this day the work that polit­ical commentators of every stripe refer to when they seek to draw large conclusions about the soci­ety of the United States. Alexis de Tocqueville, a young French aristocrat, came to the young nation to investigate the functioning of American democracy and the social, political, and economic life of its citizens, publishing his observations in 1835 and 1840. Brilliantly written and vividly illustrated with vignettes and portraits, Democracy in America is far more than a trenchant analysis of one soci­ety at a particular point in time. What will most intrigue modern readers is how many of Tocqueville’s observations still hold true: on the mixed advantages of a free press, the strained relations among the races, and the threats posed to democracies by consumerism and corruption. So uncanny is Tocqueville’s insight and so accurate are his predictions, that it seems as though he were not merely describing the American identity but actually helping to create it.
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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/10/1994
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 912
Size: 5.40" wide x 8.30" long x 1.60" tall
Weight: 1.980
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 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.

Introduction Author's
Origin of the Anglo-Americans (II)
Democratic Social Condition (III)
The Sovereignty of the People in America (IV)
Local Government (V)
Decentralization in America—Its Effects (V)
Judicial Power in the United States, and Its Influence on Political Society (VI)
Aspects of the Federal Constitution (VIII)
Political Parties (IX, X)
Liberty of the Press in the United States (XI)
Political Associations in the United States (XII)
Advantages of Democracy in the United States (XIV)
Unlimited Power of the Majority in the United States and Its Consequences (XV)
Causes Which Mitigate the Tyranny of the Majority in the United States (XVI)
Causes Which Tend to Maintain Democracy (XVII)
Future Prospects of the United States (XVIII)
Book I- Influence of Democracy Upon the Action of Intellect in the United States
Philosophical Method of the Americans (I, II)
Influence of Democracy on Religion (V, VI)
Equality Suggests to the Americans the Idea of the Indefinite Perfectibility of Man (VIII)
The Example of the Americans Does Not Prove That a Democratic People Can Have No Aptitude and No Taste for Science, Literature, or Art (IX)
Why the Americans Are More Addicted to Practical than to Theoretical Science (X)
In What Spirit the Americans Cultivate the Arts (XI)
Literary Characteristics of Democratic Times (XIII)
Of Some Sources of Poetry Amongst Democratic Nations (XVII)
Why American Writers and Orators Often Use an Inflated Style (XVIII)
Some Characteristics of Historians in Democratic Times (XX) Book II - Influence of Democracy on the Feelings of the Americans
Why Democratic Nations Show a More Ardent and Enduring Love of Equality than of Liberty (I)
Of Individualism in Democratic Countries (II)
That the Americans Combat the Effects of Individualism by Free Institutions (IV)
Of the Use Which the Americans Make of Public Associations in Civil Life (V)
Of the Relation Between Public Associations and the Newspapers (VI)
Relation of Civil to Political Associations (VII)
Of the Taste for Physical Well-Being in America (XI)
What Causes Almost All Americans to Follow Industrial Callings (XIX)
How an Aristocracy May Be Created by Manufactures (XX) Book III - Influence of Democracy on Manners Properly So Called
How Democracy Renders the Habitual Intercourse of the Americans Simple and Easy (II)
Why the Americans Show So Little Sensitiveness in Their Own Country, and Are So Sensitive in Europe (III)
Influence of Democracy on Wages (VII)
Influence of Democracy on the Family (VIII)
Young Women in a Democracy (IX, X)
How Equality of Condition Contributes to Maintain Good Morals in America (XI)
How the Americans Understand the Equality of the Sexes (XII)
How the Principle of Equality Naturally Divides the Americans into a Multitude of Small Private Circles (XIII)
Some Reflections on American Manners (XIV)
Why the National Vanity of the Americans Is More Restless and Captious than that of the English (XVI)
How the Aspect of Society in the United States Is at Once Excited and Monotonous (XVII)
Why So Many Ambitious Men and So Little Lofty Ambition Are to Be Found in the United States (XIX)
The Trade of Place-Hunting in Certain Democratic Countries (XX)
Why Great Revolutions Will Become More Rare (XXI)
Why Democratic Nations Are Naturally Desirous of Peace, and Democratic Armies of War (XXII)
Causes Which Render Democratic Armies Weaker than Other A
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