Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville

Table of Contents

Book One

Special Introduction By Hon. John T. Morgan
Special Introduction By Hon. John J. Ingalls
Introductory Chapter
  1. Exterior Form Of North America
  2. Origin Of The Anglo–Americans, And Its Importance In Relation To Their Future Condition.
  3. The Striking Characteristic Of The Social Condition Of The Anglo–Americans In Its Essential Democracy.
  4. The Principle Of The Sovereignty Of The People In America
  5. Necessity Of Examining The Condition Of The States Before That Of The Union At Large.
  6. Judicial Power In The United States And Its Influence On Political Society.
  7. Political Jurisdiction In The United States
  8. The Federal Constitution
  9. Why The People May Strictly Be Said To Govern In The United States
  10. Parties In The United States
  11. Liberty Of The Press In The United States
  12. Political Associations In The United States
  13. Government Of The Democracy In America
  14. What The Real Advantages Are Which American Society Derives From The Government Of The Democracy
  15. Unlimited Power Of The Majority In The United States, And Its Consequences
  16. Causes Mitigating Tyranny In The United States
  17. Principal Causes Which Tend To Maintain The Democratic Republic In The United States
  18. The Present And Probable Future Condition Of The Three Races Which Inhabit The Territory Of The United States

Book Two: Influence Of Democracy On Progress Of Opinion In the United States.

De Tocqueville’s Preface To The Second Part
  1. Influence of Democracy on the Action of Intellect in The United States.
    1. Philosophical Method Among the Americans
    2. Of The Principal Source Of Belief Among Democratic Nations
    3. Why The Americans Display More Readiness And More Taste For General Ideas Than Their Forefathers, The English.
    4. Why The Americans Have Never Been So Eager As The French For General Ideas In Political Matters
    5. Of The Manner In Which Religion In The United States Avails Itself Of Democratic Tendencies
    6. Of The Progress Of Roman Catholicism In The United States
    7. Of The Cause Of A Leaning To Pantheism Amongst Democratic Nations
    8. The Principle Of Equality Suggests To The Americans The Idea Of The Indefinite Perfectibility Of Man
    9. Why The Americans Are More Addicted To Practical Than To Theoretical Science
    10. Of The Spirit In Which The Americans Cultivate The Arts
    11. Why The Americans Raise Some Monuments So Insignificant, And Others So Important
    12. Literary Characteristics Of Democratic Ages
    13. The Trade Of Literature
    14. The Study Of Greek And Latin Literature Peculiarly Useful In Democratic Communities
    15. The Effect Of Democracy On Language
    16. Of Some Of The Sources Of Poetry Amongst Democratic Nations
    17. Of The Inflated Style Of American Writers And Orators
    18. Some Observations On The Drama Amongst Democratic Nations
    19. Characteristics Of Historians In Democratic Ages
    20. Of Parliamentary Eloquence In The United States
  2. Influence of Democracy on the Feelings of Americans
    1. Why Democratic Nations Show A More Ardent And Enduring Love Of Equality Than Of Liberty
    2. Of Individualism In Democratic Countries
    3. Individualism Stronger At The Close Of A Democratic Revolution Than At Other Periods
    4. That The Americans Combat The Effects Of Individualism By Free Institutions
    5. Of The Use Which The Americans Make Of Public Associations In Civil Life
    6. Of The Relation Between Public Associations And Newspapers
    7. Connection Of Civil And Political Associations
    8. The Americans Combat Individualism By The Principle Of Interest Rightly Understood
    9. That The Americans Apply The Principle Of Interest Rightly Understood To Religious Matters
    10. Of The Taste For Physical Well–Being In America
    11. Peculiar Effects Of The Love Of Physical Gratifications In Democratic Ages
    12. Causes Of Fanatical Enthusiasm In Some Americans
    13. Causes Of The Restless Spirit Of Americans In The Midst Of Their Prosperity
    14. Taste For Physical Gratifications United In America To Love Of Freedom And Attention To Public Affairs
    15. That Religious Belief Sometimes Turns The Thoughts Of The Americans To Immaterial Pleasures
    16. That Excessive Care Of Worldly Welfare May Impair That Welfare
    17. That Amongst The Americans All Honest Callings Are Honorable
    18. That Almost All The Americans Follow Industrial Callings
    19. That Aristocracy May Be Engendered By Manufactures

Book Three: Influence Of Democracy On Manners, Properly So Called

  1. That Manners Are Softened As Social Conditions Become More Equal
  2. That Democracy Renders The Habitual Intercourse Of The Americans Simple And Easy
  3. Why The Americans Show So Little Sensitiveness In Their Own Country, And Are So Sensitive In Europe
  4. Consequences Of The Three Preceding Chapters
  5. How Democracy Affects the Relation Of Masters And Servants
  6. That Democratic Institutions And Manners Tend To Raise Rents And Shorten The Terms Of Leases
  7. Influence Of Democracy On Wages
  8. Influence Of Democracy On Kindred
  9. Education Of Young Women In The United States
  10. The Young Woman In The Character Of A Wife
  11. That The Equality Of Conditions Contributes To The Maintenance Of Good Morals In America
  12. How The Americans Understand The Equality Of The Sexes
  13. That The Principle Of Equality Naturally Divides The Americans Into A Number Of Small Private Circles
  14. Some Reflections On American Manners
  15. Of The Gravity Of The Americans, And Why It Does Not Prevent Them From Often Committing Inconsiderate Actions
  16. Why The National Vanity Of The Americans Is More Restless And Captious Than That Of The English
  17. That The Aspect Of Society In The United States Is At Once Excited And Monotonous
  18. Of Honor In The United States And In Democratic Communities
  19. Why So Many Ambitious Men And So Little Lofty Ambition Are To Be Found In The United States
  20. The Trade Of Place–Hunting In Certain Democratic Countries
  21. Why Great Revolutions Will Become More Rare
  22. Why Democratic Nations Are Naturally Desirous Of Peace, And Democratic Armies Of War
  23. Which Is The Most Warlike And Most Revolutionary Class In Democratic Armies?
  24. Of Discipline In Democratic Armies
  25. Some Considerations On War In Democratic Communities

Book Four: Influence Of Democratic Opinions On Political Society

  1. That Equality Naturally Gives Men A Taste For Free Institutions
  2. That The Notions Of Democratic Nations On Government Are Naturally Favorable To The Concentration Of Power
  3. That The Sentiments Of Democratic Nations Accord With Their Opinions In Leading Them To Concentrate Political Power
  4. What Sort Of Despotism Democratic Nations Have To Fear
  5. Continuation Of The Preceding Chapters
  6. General Survey Of The Subject

Constitution Of The United States Of America

Bill of Rights

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