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Democracy in America, Volume 2

By De Toqueville, Alexis

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Title: Democracy in America, Volume 2  
Author: De Toqueville, Alexis
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Excerpt: The Americans live in a democratic state of society, which has naturally suggested to them certain laws and a certain political character. This same state of society has, moreover, engendered amongst them a multitude of feelings and opinions which were unknown amongst the elder aristocratic communities of Europe: it has destroyed or modified all the relations which before existed, and established others of a novel kind. The aspect of civil society has been no less affected by these changes than that of the political world. The former subject has been treated of in the work on the Democracy of America, which I published five years ago; to examine the latter is the object of the present book; but these two parts complete each other, and form one and the same work.

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Table of Contents: Democracy In America, Volume 2, 1 -- Alexis de Toqueville, 1 -- Book One: Influence Of Democracy On Progress Of Opinion In US, 3 -- De Tocqueville's Preface To The Second Part, 3 -- Chapter I: Philosophical Method Among the Americans, 4 -- Chapter II: Of The Principal Source Of Belief Among Democratic Nations, 7 -- Chapter III: Why The Americans Display More Readiness And More Taste For General Ideas -- Than Their Forefathers, The English, 9 -- Chapter IV: Why The Americans Have Never Been So Eager As The French For General Ideas -- In Political Matters, 11 -- Chapter V: Of The Manner In Which Religion In The United States Avails Itself Of Democratic -- Tendencies, 12 -- Chapter VI: Of The Progress Of Roman Catholicism In The United States, 16 -- Chapter VII: Of The Cause Of A Leaning To Pantheism Amongst Democratic Nations, 17 -- Chapter VIII: The Principle Of Equality Suggests To The Americans The Idea Of The -- Indefinite Perfectibility Of Man, 17 -- Chapter IX: The Example Of The Americans Does Not Prove That A Democratic People Can -- Have No Aptitude And No Taste For Science, Literature, Or Art, 18 -- Chapter X: Why The Americans Are More Addicted To Practical Than To Theoretical Science, 21 -- Chapter XI: Of The Spirit In Which The Americans Cultivate The Arts, 25 -- Chapter XII: Why The Americans Raise Some Monuments So Insignificant, And Others So -- Important, 27 -- Chapter XIII: Literary Characteristics Of Democratic Ages, 28 -- Chapter XIV: The Trade Of Literature, 31 -- Chapter XV: The Study Of Greek And Latin Literature Peculiarly Useful In Democratic -- Communities, 31 -- Chapter XVI: The Effect Of Democracy On Language, 32 -- Chapter XVII: Of Some Of The Sources Of Poetry Amongst Democratic Nations, 35 -- Chapter XVIII: Of The Inflated Style Of American Writers And Orators, 38 -- Chapter XIX: Some Observations On The Drama Amongst Democratic Nations, 39 -- Chapter XX: Characteristics Of Historians In Democratic Ages, 42 -- Chapter XXI: Of Parliamentary Eloquence In The United States, 44 -- Book 2. Influence Of Democracy On The Feelings Of Americans, 46 -- Chapter I: Why Democratic Nations Show A More Ardent And Enduring Love Of Equality -- Than Of Liberty, 46 -- Chapter II: Of Individualism In Democratic Countries, 48 -- Chapter III: Individualism Stronger At The Close Of A Democratic Revolution Than At Other -- Periods, 49 -- Chapter IV: That The Americans Combat The Effects Of Individualism By Free Institutions, 50 -- Book Two ? Chapters V?VII, 52 -- Chapter V: Of The Use Which The Americans Make Of Public Associations In Civil Life, 52 -- Chapter VI: Of The Relation Between Public Associations And Newspapers, 54 -- Chapter VII: Connection Of Civil And Political Associations, 56 -- Chapter VIII: The Americans Combat Individualism By The Principle Of Interest Rightly -- Understood, 59 -- Chapter IX: That The Americans Apply The Principle Of Interest Rightly Understood To -- Religious Matters, 60 -- Chapter X: Of The Taste For Physical Well?Being In America, 61 -- Democracy In America, Volume 2 -- i


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