Octavo (8 1/4 x 6"). XXIII, , 559, pp; XIV, 499, pp. Original full burgundy cloth with gold lettering to spines. Originally published in France in 1835 (first volume) and 1840 (second volume) under the title "De La Démocratie en Amérique," Alexis de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America" is one of the most influential books of the 19th century.In it, the author examines the democratic revolution that he believed had been occurring over the previous seven hundred years. As "Democracy in America" revealed, Tocqueville believed that equality was the great political and social idea of his era, and he thought that the United States offered the most advanced example of equality in action. He admired American individualism but warned that a society of individuals can easily become atomized and paradoxically uniform when "every citizen, being assimilated to all the rest, is lost in the crowd." He felt that a society of individuals lacked the intermediate social structures - such as those provided by traditional hierarchies - to mediate relations with the state. The result could be a democratic "tyranny of the majority" in which individual rights were compromised. Tocqueville was impressed by much of what he saw in American life, admiring the stability of its economy and wondering at the popularity of its churches. He also noted the irony of the freedom-loving nation's mistreatment of Native Americans and its embrace of slavery.Bindings heavily rubbed along edges. Front cover, front free endpaper and fly leaf of first volume detached but present. Bindings in overall poor to fair, interior in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Democracy in America. 2-vol. set (Complete)
Publisher: Sever and Francis
Publication Date: 1863
Book Condition: poor to vg
Edition: Second American edition.
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