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Democracy in America [abridged] by Alexis de…

Democracy in America [abridged]

by Alexis de Tocqueville

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Years ago I took a readings class at Geoergia State University on Jacksonian democracy and this was our first assignment. It is amazing how fresh this book is. It makes you want to say out loud, as an America, "hey this is us, it is really US". ( )
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Bender, ThomasEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bowen, FrancisEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gregorian, VartanAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hacker, AndrewEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heffner, RichardEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reeve, HenryTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It would be like the authority of a parent, if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood; it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing.
After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp, and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting; such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451628012, Mass Market Paperback)

The abridged edition of the enduring masterwork—a classic portrait of America's culture and people

Originally penned in the mid-nineteenth century by Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America remains the most comprehensive, penetrating, and astute picture of American life, politics, and morals ever written, as relevant today as when it first appeared in print nearly two hundred years ago.

This abridged edition by scholar and historian Scott A. Sandage includes a new introduction and editorial notes, and offers students and the general reader alike easy access to the preeminent translation by George Lawrence, widely recognized as the best translation based on the second revised and corrected text of the 1961 French edition, edited by J. P. Mayer.

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