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Democracy in America

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Alexis de Tocqueville, a young aristocratic French lawyer, came to the United States in 1831 to study its penitentiary systems. His nine-month visit and subsequent reading and reflection resulted in Democracy in America (1835-40), a landmark masterpiece of political observation and analysis. Tocqueville vividly describes the unprecedented social equality he found in America and explores its implications for European society in the emerging modern era. His book provides enduring insight into the political consequences of widespread property ownership, the potential dangers to liberty inherent in majority rule, the importance of civil institutions in an individualistic culture dominated by the pursuit of material self-interest, and the vital role of religion in American life, while prophetically probing the deep differences between the free and slave states. The clear, fluid, and vigorous translation by Arthur Goldhammer is the first to fully capture Tocqueville's achievements both as an accomplished literary stylist and as a profound political thinker.
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subject_facet Democracy, Democracy -- United States, National characteristics, American, United States -- Politics and government, United States -- Social conditions, United States -- Social conditions -- To 1865
title_display Democracy in America
title_full Democracy in America, Democracy in America / Alexis de Tocqueville ; specially edited and abridged for the modern reader by Richard D. Heffner ; with a new afterword by Vartan Gregorian, Democracy in America / Alexis de Tocqueville ; translated, edited, and with an introduction by Harvey C. Mansfield and Delba Winthrop, Democracy in America / Alexis de Tocqueville ; with an introduction by Alan Ryan, Democracy in America / by Alexis de Tocqueville ; the Henry Reeve text as revised by Francis Bowen, now further corrected and edited with introduction, editorial notes, and bibliographies by Phillips Bradley ; with a new introduction by Daniel J. Boorstin, Democracy in America / by Alexis de Tocqueville. The Henry Reeve text as revised by Francis Bowen, now further corrected and edited with introduction, editorial notes, and bibliographies by Phillips Bradley; foreword by Harold J. Laski
title_short Democracy in America
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