Democracy in America : historical-critical edition of De la démocratie en Amérique / Alexis de Tocqueville ; edited by Eduardo Nolla ; translated from the French by James T. Schleifer.
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- De la démocratie en Amérique. English & French
- Bilingual French-English ed.
- Indianapolis : Liberty Fund, ©2010.
4 volumes : illustrations ; 23 cm
- United States -- Politics and government.
United States -- Social conditions.
Democracy -- United States.
Politics and government.
- In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville and his friend Gustave de Beaumont visited the United States on behalf of the French government to study American prisons. In their nine months in the U.S. they studied not just the prison system but every aspect of American life, public and private--the political, economic, religious, cultural, and above all social life of the young nation. From Tocqueville's copious notes of what he had seen and heard came the classic text De la Démocratie en Amérique, published in two large volumes, the first in 1835, the second in 1840. The first volume focused primarily on political society; the second, on civil society. Tocqueville's account of the travels and adventures of the two Frenchmen aimed to get down the truth about America, not only to praise the new country's strengths but also to critique its shortcomings when these were all too evident to outside eyes.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Nolla, Eduardo.
Schleifer, James T., 1942-
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- Online version: Tocqueville, Alexis de, 1805-1859. De la démocratie en Amérique. English & French. Democracy in America.
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