Tocqueville's Democracy in America

We will read selections from Tocqueville's classic work of political science, Democracy in America, which examines the development of democracy in the United States.
The reading list is from the St. Johns College, Annapolis, reading list. We can discuss the reading list at the first meeting if anyone is confused.
You can use any translation you wish, but St. John's recommends three possible translations: Bradley (the pages listed here are from the Everyman edition); Lawrence (Harper Perennial); and Mansfield (University of Chicago Press).
The schedules below list pages from both the Everyman and Harper Perennial editions.


Everyman - Bradley

Oct. 31 Author's Intro - Page 3 (13 pages)

Nov. 7 Chapter 3 (9 pages)
Chapter 5 (omitting page 68 bottom _ Heading "The Counties of New England" to page 85 bottom third, heading "Political Effect of Decentralized Administration in the United States). (22 Pages)
Chapter 6 to page 103 middle _Heading "Other Powers Granted to American Judges". (6 pages)
Chapter 15 to page 262 _Heading " Effect of the Omnipotence of the Majority Upon the Arbitrary Authority of American Public Office. (pages)

Nov.14 Chapter 15 from page 262 to end of chapter. (9) pages
Chapter 16 (16 pages)
Chapter 17 - beginning at the top of 326_ Heading "Importance of What Precedes With Respect to the State of Europe" to the end of chapter.
(5 pages)
Chapter 18 - from page 421 bottom_ Heading " Some Consideration on the Causes of the Commercial Prosperity of the United States" to pg. 429 top third_ Heading "Conclusion." and page 434 last 2 paragraphs. (9 pages)

Volume II

Nov. 28 Book 1
Chapters 1-3, and 5 (24 pages)
Book 2
Chapters 1-4 (12 pages)

Dec. 5 Book 2
Chapters 5-15 (45 pages)

Dec. 12 Book 4
Chapters 6-8 (22 pages)

Dec. 19 Wrap-up

Harper Perennial - Lawrence

Oct. 31 Author's Intro - Page 3 (13 pages)

Nov. 7 Pt. 1, Chapter 3, (Pg. 46-54)
Chapter 5, (omitting 70 bottom-85) (pg. 59- 70 and 85 - 97)
Chapter 6 (to 104 top)
Chapter 7 (pg. 253 to end of chapter)

Nov. 14 Pt. 1 Chapter 8
Chapter 9 (page 311 bottom to the end of the chapter).
Chapter 10( page[masked]and 412 middle 413).


Volume II

Nov. 28 Book 1 Chapters 1-3, 5 (Pg. 3-17 and 20-28)
Book 2 Chapters 1-4 (pg. 94- 105)

Dec. 5 Part 2 Chapters 5-15 (pg[masked])

Dec. 12 Part 4 Chapter 6-8 (Pg[masked])

Dec. 19 Wrap-up

I've also included the readings for the University of Chicago - Mansfield edition in case anyone is using that edition.  These selections are not laid out by date, but you should be able to relate it to the dates by comparing with what is above.
(University of Chicago Press) Part I: Author's Introduction; chapter 3, chapter 5 (omitting page 65 bottom-82 top), chapter 6 (to page 98 top); Part II, chapters 7-8, chapter 9 (beginning at page 298 bottom), chapter 10 (pages[masked]; and 395 [beginning "There are two great peoples"]-396)
(University of Chicago Press) Volume II: Part I, chapters 1-3, 5; Part II, chapters 1-15; Part IV, chapters 6-8
 

 

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