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Alexis de Tocqueville, a younger aristocratic French lawyer, got here to america in 1831 to review its penitentiary programs. His nine-month go to and subsequent studying and reflection resulted on this landmark masterpiece of political remark and evaluation.
In Democracy in America, Tocqueville vividly describes the unprecedented social equality he present in America and explores its implications for European society within the rising trendy period. His guide offers enduring perception into the political penalties of widespread property possession, the potential risks to liberty inherent in majority rule, the important function of faith in American life, and the significance of civil establishments in an individualistic tradition dominated by the pursuit of fabric self-interest. He additionally probes the deep variations between the free and slave states, writing prophetically of racism, bigotry, and prejudice in america.
Dropped at life by Arthur Goldhammer’s clear, fluid, and vigorous translation, this quantity of Democracy in America is the primary to absolutely seize Tocqueville’s achievements each as an completed literary stylist and as a profound political thinker.
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