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Democracy in America | Study Guide

Alexis de Tocqueville

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Alexis de Tocqueville

Years Completed

1835, 1840





At a Glance

Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, based on the author's tour of the United States in the early 1830s, has long been acclaimed as one of the most acute analyses of the American political system and of the national character. According to one appraisal, it is "at once the best book ever written on democracy and the best book ever written on America."

About the Title

The work is entitled Democracy in America because its central purpose is to describe and analyze the democratic system of government, as it is found in its most prominent exemplar, the United States of America.


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