Democracy in America

Democracy in America

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by Alexis de Tocqueville, Francis Bowen
     
 

No other book is as pervasively woven into the fabric of American public life and culture as Democracy in America. Tocqueville's study of nineteenth-century America is cited often and everywhere: from presidential addresses to high-school speeches, from the editorial pages of national newspapers to local radio broadcasts, from high-school and college classrooms to… See more details below

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No other book is as pervasively woven into the fabric of American public life and culture as Democracy in America. Tocqueville's study of nineteenth-century America is cited often and everywhere: from presidential addresses to high-school speeches, from the editorial pages of national newspapers to local radio broadcasts, from high-school and college classrooms to Sunday sermons. This Norton Critical Edition is based on the 1835 and 1840 English translations of Tocqueville's two volumes by his friend Henry Reeve. It allows today's readers to experience the book as Tocqueville's contemporaries did. It is accompanied by a full-scale introduction addressing Democracy in America's canonical place in American life and by essential explanatory annotations.

"Backgrounds" includes related letters from Tocqueville to Ernest de Chabrol, Henry Reeve, and John Quincy Adams, among others, in which he shares impressions of his nine-and-a-half-month journey through the United States. A collection of nine European and American reviews-including those by Sainte-Beuve. Pellegrino Rossi, John C. Spencer, and John Stuart Mill-allows readers to assess Democracy in America's contemporary reception. Recent interpretations by David Riesman, Max Lerner, Robert Nisbet, James T. Schleifer, Catherine Zuckert, Sheldon S. Wolin, Edward C. Banfield, Daniel T. Rodgers, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Sean Wilentz, Henry Steele Commager, James T. Kloppenberg, and Tamara M. Teale explore Tocqueville's influence on American political thought and on democracy's legacy. A Selected Bibliography is also included.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853264801
Publisher:
Wordsworth Editions, Limited
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Edition description:
ABR
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
341,545
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.96(d)

Table of Contents

Note on this Reeve Edition
Preface to this Edition
Introductory Notice
Introductory Chapter3
Ch. IExterior form of North America14
Ch. IIOrigin of the Anglo-Americans, and its importance in relation to their future condition20
Ch. IIISocial condition of the Anglo-Americans35
Ch. IVThe principle of the sovereignty of the people in America41
Ch. VNecessity of examining the condition of the States before that of the Union at Large44
Ch. VIJudicial power in the United States, and its influence on political society73
Ch. VIIPolitical jurisdiction in the United States79
Ch. VIIIThe Federal Constitution84
Ch. IXWhy the people may strictly be said to govern in the United States133
Ch. XParties in the United States134
Ch. XILiberty of the Press in the United States140
Ch. XIIPolitical associations in the United States147
Ch. XIIIGovernment of the Democracy in America154
Ch. XIVWhat the real advantages are which American Society derives from the Government of the Democracy186
Ch. XVUnlimited power of the majority in the United States, and its consequences201
Ch. XVICauses which mitigate the tyranny of the majority in the United States215
Ch. XVIIPrincipal causes which tend to maintain the Democratic Republic in the United States228
Ch. XVIIIThe present and probable future condition of the three Races which inhabit the territory of the United States264
Opinions of the Present Work344
Endnotes347
Appendix640
Index691

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