Democracy in America — Volume 1
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Democracy in America — Volume 1

By Alexis de Tocqueville
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De La Démocratie en Amérique (French pronunciation: ​[dəla demɔkʁasi ɑ̃n‿ameˈʁik]; published in two volumes, the first in 1835 and the second in 1840) is a classic French text by Alexis de Tocqueville. Its title translates as On Democracy in America, but English translations are usually simply entitled Democracy in America. In the book, Tocqueville examines the democratic revolution that he believed had been occurring over the previous seven hundred years.
In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont were sent by the French government to study the American prison system. In his later letters Tocqueville indicates that he and Beaumont used their official business as a pretext to study American society instead. They arrived in New York City in May of that year and spent nine months traveling the United States, studying the prisons, and collecting information on American society, including its religious, political, and economic character. The two also briefly visited Canada, spending a few days in the summer of 1831 in what was then Lower Canada (modern-day Quebec) and Upper Canada (modern-day Ontario).
After they returned to France in February 1832, Tocqueville and Beaumont submitted their report, Du système pénitentiaire aux États-Unis et de son application en France, in 1833. When the first edition was published, Beaumont, sympathetic to social justice, was working on another book, Marie, ou, L'esclavage aux Etats-Unis (two volumes, 1835), a social critique and novel describing the separation of races in a moral society and the conditions of slaves in the United States. Before finishing Democracy in America, Tocqueville believed that Beaumont's study of the United States would prove more comprehensive and penetrating.
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Table of Contents
  • DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA
  • Translated by Henry Reeve
  • Book One
  • Introduction
    • Special Introduction By Hon. John T. Morgan
  • Hon. John T. Morgan
    • Special Introduction By Hon. John J. Ingalls
  • Introductory Chapter
  • Chapter I: Exterior Form Of North America
  • Chapter Summary
  • Chapter II: Origin Of The Anglo-Americans—Part I
  • Chapter Summary
  • Chapter II: Origin Of The Anglo-Americans—Part II
  • Chapter III: Social Conditions Of The Anglo-Americans
  • Chapter Summary
  • Chapter IV: The Principle Of The Sovereignty Of The People In America
  • Chapter Summary
  • Chapter V: Necessity Of Examining The Condition Of The States—Part I
  • Chapter V: Necessity Of Examining The Condition Of The States—Part II
  • Chapter V: Necessity Of Examining The Condition Of The States—Part III
    • Legislative Power Of The State
  • Chapter VI: Judicial Power In The United States
  • Chapter Summary
  • Chapter VII: Political Jurisdiction In The United States
  • Chapter Summary
  • Chapter VIII: The Federal Constitution—Part I
  • Chapter Summary
  • Summary Of The Federal Constitution
  • Chapter VIII: The Federal Constitution—Part II
  • Chapter VIII: The Federal Constitution—Part III
    • Re-election Of The President
  • Chapter VIII: The Federal Constitution—Part IV
    • Procedure Of The Federal Courts
  • Chapter VIII: The Federal Constitution—Part V
  • Chapter IX: Why The People May Strictly Be Said To Govern In The United
  • Chapter X: Parties In The United States
  • Chapter Summary
  • Parties In The United States
  • Chapter XI: Liberty Of The Press In The United States
  • Chapter Summary
  • Chapter XII: Political Associations In The United States
  • Chapter Summary
  • Chapter XIII: Government Of The Democracy In America—Part I
  • Chapter XIII: Government Of The Democracy In America—Part II
    • Instability Of The Administration In The United States
  • Chapter XIII: Government Of The Democracy In America—Part III
  • Chapter XIV: Advantages American Society Derive From Democracy—Part I
  • Chapter XIV: Advantages American Society Derive From Democracy—Part II
    • Respect For The Law In The United States
  • Chapter XV: Unlimited Power Of Majority, And Its Consequences—Part I
  • Chapter Summary
  • Chapter XV: Unlimited Power Of Majority, And Its Consequences—Part II
    • Tyranny Of The Majority
  • Chapter XVI: Causes Mitigating Tyranny In The United States—Part I
  • Chapter Summary
  • Chapter XVI: Causes Mitigating Tyranny In The United States—Part II
    • Trial By Jury In The United States Considered As A Political Institution
  • Chapter XVII: Principal Causes Maintaining The Democratic Republic—Part I
  • Chapter XVII: Principal Causes Maintaining The Democratic Republic—Part II
  • Chapter XVII: Principal Causes Maintaining The Democratic Republic—Part III
  • Chapter XVII: Principal Causes Maintaining The Democratic Republic—Part IV
  • Chapter XVIII: Future Condition Of Three Races In The United States—Part I
  • Chapter XVIII: Future Condition Of Three Races—Part II
  • Chapter XVIII: Future Condition Of Three Races—Part III
  • Chapter XVIII: Future Condition Of Three Races—Part IV
  • Chapter XVIII: Future Condition Of Three Races—Part V
  • Chapter XVIII: Future Condition Of Three Races—Part VI
  • Chapter XVIII: Future Condition Of Three Races—Part VII
  • Chapter XVIII: Future Condition Of Three Races—Part VIII
  • Chapter XVIII: Future Condition Of Three Races—Part IX
  • Chapter XVIII: Future Condition Of Three Races—Part X
  • Conclusion
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