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Democracy in America

Author: Alexis de Tocqueville; Richard D Heffner
Publisher: New York : New American Library, ©1984.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexis de Tocqueville; Richard D Heffner
ISBN: 0451623207 9780451623201
OCLC Number: 18998527
Notes: "Mentor book, ME2320."
Abridged translation of: De la démocratie en Amérique.
Description: 317 pages ; 18 cm
Contents: Origin of the Anglo-Americans --
Democratic social condition of the Anglo-Americans --
The sovereignty of the people in America --
Local government --
Decentralization in America --
its effects --
Judicial power in the United States, and its influence on political society --
Aspects of the federal constitution --
Political parties --
Liberty of the press in the United States --
Political associations in the United States --
Advantages of democracy in the United States --
Unlimited power of the majority in the United States and its consequences --
Causes which mitigate the tyranny of the majority in the United States --
Causes which tend to maintain democracy --
Future prospects of the United States. Philosophical method of the Americans --
Influence of democracy on religion --
Equality suggests to the Americans the idea of the indefinite perfectibility of man --
The example of the Americans does not prove that a democratic people can have no aptitude and no taste for science, literature, or art --
Why the Americans are more addicted to practical than to theoretical science --
In what spirit the Americans cultivate the arts --
Literary characteristics of democratic times --
Of some sources of poetry amongst democratic nations --
Why American writers and orators often use an inflated style --
Some characteristics of historians in democratic times. Why democratic nations show a more ardent and enduring love of equality than of liberty --
Of individualism in democratic countries --
That the Americans combat the effects of individualism by free institutions --
Of the use which the Americans make of public associations in civil life --
Of the relation between public associations and the newspapers --
Relation of civil to political associations --
Of the taste for physical well-being in America --
What causes almost all Americans to follow industrial callings --
How an aristocracy may be created by manufactures. How democracy renders the habitual intercourse of the Americans simple and easy --
Why the Americans show so little sensitiveness in their own county, and are so sensitive in Europe --
Influence of democracy on wages --
Influence of democracy on the family --
Young women in a democracy --
How equality of condition contributes to maintain good morals in America --
How the Americans understand the equality of the sexes --
How the principle of equality naturally divides small private circles --
Some reflections on American manners --
Why the national vanity of the Americans is more restless and captious than that of the English --
How the aspect of society in the United States is at once excited and monotonous --
Why so many ambitious men and so little lofty ambition are to be found in the United States --
The trade of place-hunting in certain democratic countries --
Why democratic nation are naturally desirous of peace, and democratic armies of war --
Causes which render democratic armies weaker than other armies at the outset of a campaign, and more formidable in protracted warfare --
Some considerations on war in democratic communities. Equality naturally gives men a taste for free institutions --
That the opinions of democratic nations about government are naturally favorable to the concentration of power --
That the sentiments of democratic nations accord with their opinions in leading them to concentrate political power --
Of certain peculiar and accidental causes, which either lead a people to complete the centralization of government, or which divert them from it --
What sort of despotism democratic nations have to fear --
General survey of the subject.
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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