Democracy in America | Study Guide

Alexis de Tocqueville

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Vol. 1, Introduction–Part 1, Chapter 1 Alexis de Tocqueville begins Democracy in America by focusing on what he identifies as his central impression during h... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 1, Chapters 2–4 A key premise at the outset of this section is Alexis de Tocqueville's assumption that people always feel the effects ... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 1, Chapters 5–7 At the beginning of this chapter, Alexis de Tocqueville lays out his plan for the analysis of American government in p... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 1, Chapter 8 Alexis de Tocqueville points out that the year 1789 was a fateful turning point for both America and France, for in th... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 2, Chapters 1–4 In Part 2 of Volume 1, Alexis de Tocqueville proposes to analyze the American people, as opposed to their written laws... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 2, Chapters 5–6 Alexis de Tocqueville begins this chapter with some enigmatic remarks about universal suffrage, commenting that such a... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 2, Chapters 7–8 Despite his admiration for American equality of political and social conditions and his general approval of democratic... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 2, Chapter 9 In this section, Tocqueville interweaves a number of important themes. He reiterates that, in maintaining a democratic... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 2, Chapter 10 Tocqueville devotes the final chapter in Volume 1 of Democracy in America to an extensive series of observations of Na... Read More
Vol. 2, Notice–Part 1, Chapter 10 In his brief introduction to Volume 2, Alexis de Tocqueville stresses the complexity of his subject and cautions reade... Read More
Vol. 2, Part 1, Chapters 11–21 Artisans in democratic countries, claims Alexis de Tocqueville, are necessarily sensitive to commercial considerations... Read More
Vol. 2, Part 2, Chapters 1–10 Tocqueville's main point in this section is that political freedom requires sacrifices, whereas the pleasures of equal... Read More
Vol. 2, Part 2, Chapters 11–20 As is often found in Democracy in America, the framework of this chapter features a contrast between aristocracy and d... Read More
Vol. 2, Part 3, Chapters 1–10 Tocqueville regards equal social conditions and mildness of mores as correlative facts. He supports this claim with an... Read More
Vol. 2, Part 3, Chapters 11–18 In this chapter, Tocqueville tackles the sensitive topic of marital fidelity, as well as other issues that reflect on ... Read More
Vol. 2, Part 3, Chapters 19–26 In this chapter, Tocqueville undertakes what is essentially a psychological analysis. While he acknowledges that every... Read More
Vol. 2, Part 4, Chapters 1–8 Equality gives men the taste for independence and alienates them from authority. Nevertheless, Alexis de Tocqueville d... Read More
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