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Democracy in America

Author: Alexis de Tocqueville; Richard D Heffner
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Signet Classic, 2001.
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"Over one hundred and fifty years ago, Alexis de Tocqueville, a young French nobleman and an astute political scientist, came to the United States to evaluate the meaning and actual functioning of democracy. Democracy in America is the classic treatise on the American way of life that he wrote as a result of his visit." "Tocqueville discusses the advantages and dangers of the majority rule -- which he thought could  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexis de Tocqueville; Richard D Heffner
ISBN: 0451528123 9780451528124
OCLC Number: 47905556
Notes: Originally published: New York : New American Library, 1956.
Description: 317 p. ; 18 cm.
Contents: 1.. Origin of the Anglo-Americans (II) --
2.. Democratic Social Condition of the Anglo-Americans (III) --
3.. The Sovereignty of the People in America (IV) --
4.. Local Government (V) --
5.. Decentralization in America --
Its Effects (V) --
6.. Judicial Power in the United States, and Its Influence on Political Society (VI) --
7.. Aspects of the Federal Constitution (VIII) --
8.. Political Parties (IX, X) --
9.. Liberty of the Press in the United States (XI) --
10.. Political Associations in the United States (XII) --
11.. Advantages of Democracy in the United States (XIV) --
12.. Unlimited Power of the Majority in the United States and Its Consequences (XV) --
13.. Causes Which Mitigate the Tyranny of the Majority in the United States (XVI) --
14.. Causes Which Tend to Maintain Democracy (XVII) --
15.. Future Prospects of the United States (XVIII) --
Book I. Influence of Democracy Upon the Action of Intellect in the United States --
16.. Philosophical Method of the Americans (I, II) --
17.. Influence of Democracy on Religion (V, VI) --
18.. Equality Suggests to the Americans the Idea of the Indefinite Perfectibility of Man (VIII) --
19.. 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) --
20.. Why the Americans Are More Addicted to Practical than to Theoretical Science (X) --
21.. In What Spirit the Americans Cultivate the Arts (XI) --
22.. Literary Characteristics of Democratic Times (XIII) --
23.. Of Some Sources of Poetry Amongst Democratic Nations (XVII) --
24.. Why American Writers and Orators Often Use an Inflated Style (XVIII) --
25.. Some Characteristics of Historians in Democratic Times (XX) --
Book II. Influence of Democracy on the Feelings of the Americans --
26.. Why Democratic Nations Show a More Ardent and Enduring Love of Equality than of Liberty (I) --
27.. Of Individualism in Democratic Countries (II) --
28.. That the Americans Combat the Effects of Individualism by Free Institutions (IV) --
29.. Of the Use Which the Americans Make of Public Associations in Civil Life (V) --
30.. Of the Relation Between Public Associations and the Newspapers (VI) --
31.. Relation of Civil to Political Associations (VII) --
32.. Of the Taste for Physical Well-Being in America (XI) --
33.. What Causes Almost All Americans to Follow Industrial Callings (XIX) --
34.. How an Aristocracy May Be Created by Manufactures (XX) --
Book III. Influence of Democracy on Manners Properly So Called --
35.. How Democracy Renders the Habitual Intercourse of the Americans Simple and Easy (II) --
36.. Why the Americans Show So Little Sensitiveness in Their Own Country, and Are So Sensitive in Europe (III) --
37.. Influence of Democracy on Wages (VII) --
38.. Influence of Democracy on the Family (VIII) --
39.. Young Women in a Democracy (IX, X) --
40.. How Equality of Condition Contributes to Maintain Good Morals in America (XI) --
41.. How the Americans Understand the Equality of the Sexes (XII) --
42.. How the Principle of Equality Naturally Divides the Americans into a Multitude of Small Private Circles (XIII) --
43.. Some Reflections on American Manners (XIV) --
44.. Why the National Vanity of the Americans Is More Restless and Captious than that of the English (XVI) --
45.. How the Aspect of Society in the United States Is at Once Excited and Monotonous (XVII) --
46.. Why So Many Ambitious Men and So Little Lofty Ambition Are to Be Found in the United States (XIX) --
47.. The Trade of Place-Hunting in Certain Democratic Countries (XX) --
48.. Why Great Revolutions Will Become More Rare (XXI) --
49.. Why Democratic Nations Are Naturally Desirous of Peace, and Democratic Armies of War (XXII) --
50.. Causes Which Render Democratic Armies Weaker than Other Armies at the Outset of a Campaign, and More Formidable in Protracted Warfare (XXIV) --
51.. Some Considerations on War in Democratic Communities (XXVI) --
Book IV. Influence of Democratic Ideas and Feelings on Political Society --
52.. Equality Naturally Gives Men a Taste for Free Institutions (I) --
53.. That the Opinions of Democratic Nations About Government Are Naturally Favorable to the Concentration of Power (II) --
54.. That the Sentiments of Democratic Nations Accord with Their Opinions in Leading Them to Concentrate Political Power (III) --
55.. Of Certain Peculiar and Accidental Causes, Which Either Lead a People to Complete the Centralization of Government, or Which Divert Them from It (IV) --
56.. What Sort of Despotism Democratic Nations Have to Fear (VI) --
57.. General Survey of the Subject (VIII).
Other Titles: De la démocratie en Amérique.
Responsibility: Alexis de Tocqueville ; specially edited and abridged for the modern reader by Richard D. Heffner.

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"Over one hundred and fifty years ago, Alexis de Tocqueville, a young French nobleman and an astute political scientist, came to the United States to evaluate the meaning and actual functioning of democracy. Democracy in America is the classic treatise on the American way of life that he wrote as a result of his visit." "Tocqueville discusses the advantages and dangers of the majority rule -- which he thought could be as tyrannical as the rule of the aristocracy. He analyzes the influence of political parties and the press on the government and the effect of democracy on the social, political, and economic life of the American people. He also offers some startling predictions about world politics, which history has borne out. So brilliant and penetrating are his comments and criticisms, they have vital meaning today for all who are interested in democracy. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.

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