Democracy in America

Democracy in America

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by Alexis de Tocqueville, George Lawrence, J. P. Mayer, George Lawrence, J. P. Mayer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0061127922

ISBN-13: 9780061127922

Pub. Date: 08/29/2006

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061127922
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/29/2006
Series:
Harper Perennial Modern Classics Series
Pages:
800
Sales rank:
214,353
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.28(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     ix
A Note on the Text     xvii
The Text of Democracy in America     1
Backgrounds     619
Tocqueville Letters     621
To Ernest de Chabrol, New York, 9 June 1831     621
To M. Louis de Kergolay, Yonkers, 20 June 1831     622
To Ernest de Chabrol, Hartford, 7 October 1831     626
To the Countess de Tocqueville, On the Mississippi, 25 December 1831     627
To Eugene Stoffels, Paris, 21 February 1835     628
To Henry Reeve, Paris, 22 March 1837     629
To John Quincy Adams, Paris, 4 December 1837     630
Reviews of Democracy in America     632
Le Temps, Paris, April 1835     632
Revue des deux mondes, July-September 1840     636
Preface to 1838 American Edition of Democracy in America     643
Preface to 1841 American Edition of Democracy in America     646
The North American Review, July 1836     650
The United States Democratic Review, October 1837     659
The Knickerbocker; or The New York Monthly Magazine, September 1838     670
London Review, October 1835     673
Edinburgh Review, October 1840     683
Interpretations     705
Tocquevilleas Ethnographer     707
Tocqueville and American Civilization     717
Many Tocquevilles     724
From Egoism to Individualism     739
Not by Preaching: Tocqueville on the Role of Religion in American Democracy     750
Archaism and Modernity     767
The Illiberal Tocqueville     777
Of Prophets and Prophecy     788
Individualism and Apathy in Tocqueville's Democracy     799
Many Democracies: On Tocqueville and Jacksonian America     809
Democracy and the Tyranny of the Majority     825
Life Everlasting: Tocqueville in America     834
Tocqueville and American Legal Studies: The Paradox of Liberty and Destruction     848
Selected Bibliography     855

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Democracy in America is a difficult read due to its political nature, but it is very rewarding.  Tocqueville had excellent insight on the American political system and suggested that a similar style be used in post revolutionary France. His predictions from the novel didn't exactly come true, but history is still in the making.  After the American revolution ended and the colonies were  free questions arose as to how  the new states would be run without the need for a supreme ruler or king, and democracy was born. Shortly after the United States gained their independence , France began fighting for their own freedom. Eventually the too won. To gain insight about how they're new country should be ran Tocqueville spent 9 months in the "new" United States and studied their government and social systems. He was very surprised that the new states were doing so well and this left him with a optimistic view on the future of France. There was a part of the book that specifically discussed the constitution or the single document that governs the States.  This part was interesting to me because in our modern government there has been significant debate as to whether or not the constitutions has become out dated. Specifically the second and fourth amendment which republicans have said that the Obama administration violated. Because of my own political beliefs I found this section the most interesting and rewarding because it summed up the fact that the constitution was created for future generations and could not be altered. I found this part so important because it tells us direct that our rights had been violated. I definitely recommend "Democracy in America to anyone, who is willing to read more about the political system of the United States. The material is very thought provoking and forces readers to think, about how the future of America will be because of current and past events.