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Democracy in America, Vol. 1

Written by Alexis De Tocqueville

Democracy in America, Vol. 1 .

Category: Political Science - Democracy
Imprint: Vintage
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: August 1990
Price: $16.95
Can. Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72825-2 (0-679-72825-2)
Pages: 480



 
In 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville traveled through the United States to investigate the country’s prison system. Instead, he wrote this study of democracy in its infancy—a study that embraces America’s history, geography, politics, legal system, economy, and culture. Here are glimpses of a vanished America, from town meetings in New England to Indians in the frontier territories of Alabama. Many of Tocqueville’s observations still hold true: the mixed advantages of free press, the strained relations among races, and the threats posed to democracies by consumerism and corruption. This volume, part of the two-volume edition of the Philips Bradley translation, is considered the definitive English version. It presents Tocqueville’s original text, complete with footnotes, editorial notes, and bibliographies. With a new Introduction by Daniel Boorstin.


“No better study of a nation’s institutions and culture than Tocqueville’s Democracy in America has ever been written by a foreign observer; none perhaps as good.”
The New York Times





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