Democracy in America

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Regnery Publishing, Mar 1, 2003 - Political Science - 703 pages
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Classic analysis of America's unique political character, quoted heavily by politicians and perennially popping up on history professors' reading lists. The book's enduring appeal lies in the eloquent, prophetic voice of Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859), a French aristocrat who visited the United States in 1831. A thoughtful young man in a still-young country, he succeede in penning this penetrating study of America's people, culture, history, geography, politics, legal system, and economy. Tocqueville asserts, I confess that in America I saw more than America; I sought the image of democracy itself, with its inclinations, its character, its prejudices, and its passions, in order to learn what we have to fear or hope from its progress.
  

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User Review  - carterchristian1 - LibraryThing

Years ago I took a readings class at Geoergia State University on Jacksonian democracy and this was our first assignment. It is amazing how fresh this book is. It makes you want to say out loud, as an America, "hey this is us, it is really US". Read full review

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User Review  - Colleen - Goodreads

When I first started this book a few years ago I thought that de Tocqueville was a little off the mark as to how our great experiment would play. But since then I have come to realize that his ... Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTORY NOTICE
xix
EXTERIOR FORM OF NORTH AMERICA
14
ORIGIN OF THE ANGLOAMERICANS AND ITS IMPORTANCE IN RELATION TO THEIR FUTURE CONDITION
20
SOCIAL CONDITION OF THE ANGLOAMERICANS
35
THE PRINCIPLE OF THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE PEOPLE IN AMERICA
41
NECESSITY OF EXAMINING THE CONDITION OF THE STATES BEFORE THAT OF THE UNION AT LARGE
44
JUDICIAL POWER IN THE UNITED STATES AND ITS INFLUENCE ON POLITICAL SOCIETY
73
POLITICAL JURISDICTION IN THE UNITED STATES
79
PARTIES IN THE UNITED STATES
134
LIBERTY OF THE PRESS IN THE UNITED STATES
140
POLITICAL ASSOCIATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES
147
GOVERNMENT OF THE DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA
154
WHAT THE REAL ADVANTAGES ARE WHICH AMERICAN SOCIETY DERIVES FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DEMOCRACY
186
UNLIMITED POWER OF THE MAJORITY IN THE UNITED STATES AND ITS CONSEQUENCES
201
CAUSES WHICH MITIGATE THE TYRANNY OF THE MAJORITY IN THE UNITED STATES
215
PRINCIPAL CAUSES WHICH TEND TO MAINTAIN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC IN THE UNITED STATES
228

THE FEDERAL CONSTITUTION
84
WHY THE PEOPLE MAY STRICTLY BE SAID TO GOVERN IN THE UNITED STATES
133
THE PRESENT AND PROBABLE FUTURE CONDITION OF THE THREE RACES WHICH INHABIT THE TERRITORY OF THE UNITED STAT...
264
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One of America's premier essayists, Joseph Epstein was the editor of "The American Scholar for 25 years and has taught--and continues to teach--advanced prose, the reading and writing of fiction, the sociology of literature, autobiography, literature and politics, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, and Willa Cather at Northwestern University. Epstein is the author of 13 books, most recently Life Sentences and Narcissus Leaves the Pool, and has published roughly four hundred essays, stories, reviews and articles in such journals as "The New Yorker, Harper's, Times Literary Supplement, The New Republic, Commentary, The New Criterion, The New York Review of Books, Encounter, The New York Times Magazine, and "Dissent.

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Frohnen teaches political science at Catholic University of America.

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