APUSH - De Tocquville

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P a g e | 1 APUSH 1 Democracy in America By Alexis De Tocqueville Mehmet Bayram 3/26/2007
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P a g e | 3 Alexis De Tocqueville’s Democracy in America explores how the United States government and the states would grow politically, socially and economically under the shade of democracy. In his eyes, the United States is special because of its geographical position in addition to how and why it started, but some key points were ignored in his book, ones that would help shape the future in later years. The book is so well written that it is style that Democracy in America was written in makes it apropos for one hundred and fifty years later. De Tocqueville makes it clear that the establishment of democracy in America is very different from previously known. The people who traveled there wanted to start a new beginning, to create a political structure that would make possible an individual liberty unlike anything seen in Europe. Since the land was separated by an ocean from England, it almost had complete sovereignty over its mother country and financial troubles did not spill over to the Americas. For the growth of the new democracy, there were many outside influences. Their mother country, England, did not have the financial
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P a g e | 4 reserves to oversee the land, so the Americans governed themselves. America might have become something very different than it is now if they were not granted this sovereignty. Emigrants had a fertile place to plant their ideas of democracy and individual freedom that were based on the ideas of the Enlightenment. An additional large outside influence would be the lack of neighbors. America had no fears of being attacked by a country because there was no one that could cause danger. They did not have to spend time and money on creating a military, and could focus on building their democracy. The democracy had only one large division between its people: the
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