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Democracy in America

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)

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1. 00 – Introduction
2. 01 – Exterior Form Of North America
3. 02:1 – Origin of the Anglo-Americans
4. 02:2 – Origin Of The Anglo-Americans
5. 03 – Social Conditions Of The Anglo-Americans
6. 04 – The Principle Of The Sovereignty Of The People In America
7. 05:1 – Necessity Of Examining The Condition Of The States
8. 05:2 – Necessity Of Examining The Condition Of The States
9. 05:3 – Necessity Of Examining The Condition Of The States
10. 06 – Judicial Power In The United States
11. 07 – Political Jurisdiction In The United States
12. 08:1 – The Federal Constitution
13. 08:2 – The Federal Constitution
14. 08:3 – The Federal Constitution
15. 08:4 – The Federal Constitution
16. 08:5 – The Federal Constitution
17. 09 – Why The People May Strictly Be Said to Govern
18. 10 – Parties in America
19. 11 – Liberty of the Press in the United States
20. 12 – Political Associations In The United States
21. 13:1 – Government of the Democracy in America
22. 13:2 – Government of the Democracy in America
23. 13:3 – Government of the Democracy in America
24. 14:1 – Advantages American Society Derives From Democracy
25. 14:2 – Advantages American Society Derives From Democracy
26. 15:1 – The Unlimited Power of the Majority and Its Consequences
27. 15:2 – The Unlimited Power of the Majority and Its Consequences
28. 16:1 – Causes Mitigating Tyranny In The United States
29. 16:2 – Causes Mitigating Tyranny In The United States
30. 17:1 – Principal Causes Maintaining the Democratic Republic
31. 17:2 – Principle Causes Maintaining the Democratic Republic
32. 17:3 – Principal Causes Maintaining The Democratic Republic
33. 17:4 – Principal Causes Maintaining the Democratic Republic
34. 18:01 – The Future Condition of Three Races in the US
35. 18:02 – Future Condition of the tThree Races
36. 18:03 – Future Condition Of Three Races
37. 18:04 – Future Condition Of Three Races
38. 18:05 – Future Condition Of Three Races
39. 18:06 – Future Condition Of Three Races
40. 18:07 – Future Condition Of Three Races
41. 18:08 – Future Condition Of Three Races
42. 18:09 – Future Condition Of Three Races
43. 18:10 – Future Condition Of Three Races
44. 19 – Conclusion
45. 20 – Chapter 9 – Liberty Of The Press In The United States – French original text

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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.

Reviews

Michael

- Chapter 2

I thought the readers were okay, except the chapter 2 reader. I actually had to READ the chapter because all I can remember is the letter S! Ugh!

Sherry

- ok....

Try to remember that AMERICA IS A REPUBLIC.......

KC

- Audio

The only gripe I have at all is the dryness of the readers. There is absolutely no intonation, no inflection in their reading. I can't get through a single chapter of that dryness because dramatically diminishes the work of the author to me. Reading is not intended to be so monotone. Folks, could you please read with some emotional connection to the content, please?

Jamie

- Review

Well done, last chapter though can be omitted as it is entirely in French.