When Alexis de Tocqueville came to America almost two centuries ago, he was a young French nobleman, and an astute political scientist. He came here to determine the actual meaning of democracy, and to see it in action. De Tocqueville wanted to learn how democracy could eventually replace the worn out monarchies of Europe.
"Democracy In America" is a treatise about what America was like, which de Tocqueville wrote after his visit to America. He also examines the potential dangers of majority rule, which he felt could sometimes be every bit as tyrannical as the rule of the aristocracy. The influence of political parties is examined in detail, as well as the effect that the press has on the government.
This report prepared by Nathaniel Ford