Democracy in America
First Edition   ©2009

Democracy in America

Abridged with an Introduction by Michael Kammen

Alexis de Tocqueville , Michael Kammen , Elizabeth Trapnell Rawlings

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-46330-8; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-46330-4; Format: Paper Text, 208 pages

This new edition of Democracy in America makes Tocqueville’s classic nineteenth-century study of American politics, society, and culture available — finally! — in a brief and accessible version. Designed for instructors who are eager to teach the work but reluctant to assign all 700 plus pages, Kammen’s careful abridgment features the most well-known chapters that by scholarly consensus are most representative of Tocqueville’s thinking on a wide variety of issues. A comprehensive introduction provides historical and intellectual background, traces the author’s journey in America, helps students unpack the meaning behind key Tocquevillian concepts like "individualism," "equality," and "tyranny of the majority," and discusses the work’s reception and legacy. Newly translated, this edition offers instructors a convenient and affordable option for exploring this essential work with their students. Useful pedagogic features include a chronology, questions for consideration, a selected bibliography, illustrations, and an index.
"Michael Kammen, a scholar of extraordinary distinction and deserved fame, has done an excellent job in putting together this brief version of Democracy in America. It will appeal to teachers by virtue of his factually valuable introduction and his framing of it from the point of view of American history."
— Samuel Moyn, Columbia University