Democracy in America


Alexis de Toqueville

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The Township

Established for the first time around 1650, the American township was a regional subdivision of space and government that would come to be characterized by—as Tocqueville saw it—a peculiarly American embrace of local power, interests…

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Log Cabins

As Tocqueville travelled around America, he encountered not only citizens and civic organizations, but also structures that he found unique to American culture and political life. Log cabins are, for him, an ideal example of…

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