Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville

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Arguably, one of the most influential and insightful pieces of work concerned with American political life, Democracy in America directs itself towards American politics and society, and is considered to be one the best books written on the subject. Published in 2 volumes, in 1835 and 1840, Tocqueville records his findings after studying the thriving nation in his nine month exploratory journey. The young French aristocrat first came to America on an official assignment to study the American penal system, but instead used this as a pretext to study American society. Consequently, he used his time in America to analyze the improved living standards and individual social conditions which were induced by a stable democratic approach. Additionally, he set out to compare the structure of the democratic system with the aristocratic regime present in France. Tocqueville begins his expedition with a description of the shifting social circumstances, as the social and economical standing of men have become more equal unlike its aristocratic predecessor which is slowly disappearing. The first part of the book revolves around the structure of the government and analyzes American institutions which assist in upholding freedom and equality, while the second volume examines individuals and the effects of democracy in society, with economics, family life, and religion among the topics analyzed. Nevertheless, the young French aristocrat was also conscious of the dangers and threats that could appear as result of exceeding liberation and equality. Interestingly, Tocqueville also noted some areas in society where change has been evident and made predictions about where such democratic trends could lead. Some of his judicious ideas are on the subject of slavery, status of women in society, and oligarchy. Regarded as an early work of political science and sociology, Democracy in America is an essential read to better understand the democratic system, its history, and underlying dangers. A timeless piece, highly valuable for its content on early American democracy, the observations made in the book are still relevant today, serving as a reminder of the past, and an incentive for a better future.

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Arguably, one of the most influential and insightful pieces of work concerned with American political life, Democracy in America directs itself towards American politics and society, and is considered to be one the best books written on the subject. Published in 2 volumes, in 1835 and 1840, Tocqueville records his findings after studying the thriving nation in his nine month exploratory journey. The young French aristocrat first came to America on an official assignment to study the American penal system, but instead used this as a pretext to study American society. Consequently, he used his time in America to analyze the improved living standards and individual social conditions which were induced by a stable democratic approach. Additionally, he set out to compare the structure of the democratic system with the aristocratic regime present in France. Tocqueville begins his expedition with a description of the shifting social circumstances, as the social and economical standing of men have become more equal unlike its aristocratic predecessor which is slowly disappearing. The first part of the book revolves around the structure of the government and analyzes American institutions which assist in upholding freedom and equality, while the second volume examines individuals and the effects of democracy in society, with economics, family life, and religion among the topics analyzed. Nevertheless, the young French aristocrat was also conscious of the dangers and threats that could appear as result of exceeding liberation and equality. Interestingly, Tocqueville also noted some areas in society where change has been evident and made predictions about where such democratic trends could lead. Some of his judicious ideas are on the subject of slavery, status of women in society, and oligarchy. Regarded as an early work of political science and sociology, Democracy in America is an essential read to better understand the democratic system, its history, and underlying dangers. A timeless piece, highly valuable for its content on early American democracy, the observations made in the book are still relevant today, serving as a reminder of the past, and an incentive for a better future.
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21.04.2017

00 – Introduction

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01 – Exterior Form Of North America

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02:1 – Origin of the Anglo-Americans

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02:2 – Origin Of The Anglo-Americans

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03 – Social Conditions Of The Anglo-Americans

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16.04.2017

04 – The Principle Of The Sovereignty Of The People In America

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15.04.2017

05:1 – Necessity Of Examining The Condition Of The States

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14.04.2017

05:2 – Necessity Of Examining The Condition Of The States

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13.04.2017

05:3 – Necessity Of Examining The Condition Of The States

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12.04.2017

06 – Judicial Power In The United States

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11.04.2017

07 – Political Jurisdiction In The United States

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10.04.2017

08:1 – The Federal Constitution

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08:2 – The Federal Constitution

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8.04.2017

08:3 – The Federal Constitution

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7.04.2017

08:4 – The Federal Constitution

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6.04.2017

08:5 – The Federal Constitution

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5.04.2017

09 – Why The People May Strictly Be Said to Govern

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4.04.2017

10 – Parties in America

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3.04.2017

11 – Liberty of the Press in the United States

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2.04.2017

12 – Political Associations In The United States

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1.04.2017

13:1 – Government of the Democracy in America

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31.03.2017

13:2 – Government of the Democracy in America

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13:3 – Government of the Democracy in America

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29.03.2017

14:1 – Advantages American Society Derives From Democracy

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28.03.2017

14:2 – Advantages American Society Derives From Democracy

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27.03.2017

15:1 – The Unlimited Power of the Majority and Its Consequences

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26.03.2017

15:2 – The Unlimited Power of the Majority and Its Consequences

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25.03.2017

16:1 – Causes Mitigating Tyranny In The United States

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24.03.2017

16:2 – Causes Mitigating Tyranny In The United States

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23.03.2017

17:1 – Principal Causes Maintaining the Democratic Republic

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22.03.2017

17:2 – Principle Causes Maintaining the Democratic Republic

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17:3 – Principal Causes Maintaining The Democratic Republic

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17:4 – Principal Causes Maintaining the Democratic Republic

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19.03.2017

18:01 – The Future Condition of Three Races in the US

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18.03.2017

18:02 – Future Condition of the tThree Races

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18:03 – Future Condition Of Three Races

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18:04 – Future Condition Of Three Races

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18:05 – Future Condition Of Three Races

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18:06 – Future Condition Of Three Races

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18:07 – Future Condition Of Three Races

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18:08 – Future Condition Of Three Races

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18:09 – Future Condition Of Three Races

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18:10 – Future Condition Of Three Races

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19 – Conclusion

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8.03.2017

20 – Chapter 9 – Liberty Of The Press In The United States – French original text

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