Democracy in America

Democracy in America

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by Alexis de Tocqueville, Scott A. Sandage
     
 

ISBN-10: 0061127922

ISBN-13: 9780061127922

Pub. Date: 08/29/2006

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

The complete edition based on the revised and corrected text of the 1961 French edition

Originally penned in the mid-eighteenth century by Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America remains the most penetrating and astute picture of American life, politics, and morals ever written, as relevant today as when it first appeared in print nearly

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The complete edition based on the revised and corrected text of the 1961 French edition

Originally penned in the mid-eighteenth century by Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America remains the most penetrating and astute picture of American life, politics, and morals ever written, as relevant today as when it first appeared in print nearly two hundred years ago. This edition, meticulously edited by the distinguished de Tocqueville scholar J. P. Mayer, is widely recognized as the preeminent translation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061127922
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/29/2006
Series:
Harper Perennial Modern Classics Series
Pages:
800
Sales rank:
291,124
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.28(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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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.