America after Tocqueville: Democracy against Difference

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"America After Tocqueville complements Harvey Mitchell's earlier book, Individual Choice and the Structures of History: Alexis de Tocqueville as Historian Reappraised (1996), Mitchell's new study draws on Democracy in America to study the condition of democracy in the United States in our own time." Many of the difficulties we have in grasping Tocqueville's fullest intentions in his seminal work lie in his marginalization of problems he raised in "The Present and Probable Future Condition of the Three Races that Inhabit the Territory of the United States," the last chapter that concludes the first volume of Democracy in America.
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Harvey Mitchell's new book is a wide-ranging meditation on fundamental tensions in America: between its egalitarian principle and its political system, between its political system and its economic development, between its ideological commitment to inclusiveness and its enduring boundaries of exclusion. America after Tocqueville moves from an incisive historical analysis of Tocqueville's America to a magisterial exploration of current debates on democracy's prospects. The relevance of Tocqueville's classic commentary has never been more comprehensively argued." Seymour Drescher, University of Pittsburgh

"Mitchell uses Tocqueville's writings to delve into questions about equality and diversity in American democracy , which the author sees as continually balancing these two values.... This work examines important issues. Recommended." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521030243
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

References to Tocqueville's Democracy in America
Preface
I Paths to Democracy in America
1 Introduction: Thinking about American Democracy 3
2 Democracy's Experiment: From Inequality to Equality 23
3 Achieving a Democratic Civil Society 49
II Beginnings and Democracy
4 Beginnings and History: Red and White in Tocqueville's America 75
5 The New England Township Before the Revolution: Tocqueville's American Pastoral 114
6 A Second Beginning: Black and White in Tocqueville's America 132
III American Democracy on Trial
7 Difference, Race, and Color in America 185
8 Maintaining American Democracy 213
9 The State, Authority, and the People 242
10 Conclusion 276
Works Cited 295
Index 311
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