The Making Of Tocqueville S America Law And Association In The Early United States American Beginnings 1500 1900

Author: Kevin Butterfield
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022629708X
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Alexis de Tocqueville was among the first to draw attention to Americans’ propensity to form voluntary associations—and to join them with a fervor and frequency unmatched anywhere in the world. For nearly two centuries, we have sought to understand how and why early nineteenth-century Americans were, in Tocqueville’s words, “forever forming associations.” In The Making of Tocqueville’s America, Kevin Butterfield argues that to understand this, we need to first ask: what did membership really mean to the growing number of affiliated Americans?

Butterfield explains that the first generations of American citizens found in the concept of membership—in churches, fraternities, reform societies, labor unions, and private business corporations—a mechanism to balance the tension between collective action and personal autonomy, something they accomplished by emphasizing law and procedural fairness. As this post-Revolutionary procedural culture developed, so too did the legal substructure of American civil society. Tocqueville, then, was wrong to see associations as the training ground for democracy, where people learned to honor one another’s voices and perspectives. Rather, they were the training ground for something no less valuable to the success of the American democratic experiment: increasingly formal and legalistic relations among people.

The Making Of Tocqueville S America

Author: Kevin Butterfield
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022629711X
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For nearly two centuries, we have sought to understand how and why early nineteenth-century Americans were, in Tocqueville’s words, “forever forming associations.” In The Making of Tocqueville’s America, Kevin Butterfield argues ...

Liberty Power

Author: Corey M. Brooks
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022630728X
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AmericAn Beginnings, 15001900 A Series Edited by Edward Gray, Stephen
Mihm, and Mark Peterson Also in the series: The Making of Tocqueville's America
: Law and Association in the Early United States by Kevin Butterfield Planters, ...

Invisible Sovereign

Author: Mark G. Schmeller
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421418711
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Tracing the notion of public opinion from its late eighteenth-century origins to the Gilded Age, Mark G. Schmeller’s Invisible Sovereign argues that public opinion is a central catalyst in the history of American political thought.

Sovereign Of The Market

Author: Jeffrey Sklansky
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ISBN: 9780226480336
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Sovereign of the Market reveals how and why this happened. Jeffrey Sklansky's wide-ranging study comprises three chronological parts devoted to major episodes in the career of the money question.

Unequal Freedom

Author: Evelyn Nakano GLENN
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674037649
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Evelyn Nakano Glenn untangles this complex history in a unique comparative regional study from the end of Reconstruction to the eve of World War II. During this era the country experienced enormous social and economic changes with the ...

American Pageant

Author: David M. Kennedy
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1305537416
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The 16th edition includes a major revision of Part Six (the period from 1945 to the present), reflecting recent scholarship and providing greater thematic coherence.

Age Of Revolution 1789 1848

Author: Eric Hobsbawm
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0297865307
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The first in Eric Hobsbawm's dazzling trilogy on the history of the nineteenth century.

The Spirit Level

Author: Kate Pickett
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141921153
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This groundbreaking book, based on years of research, provides hard evidence to show: - How almost everything - from life expectancy to depression levels, violence to illiteracy - is affected not by how wealthy a society is, but how equal ...

The Life And Death Of Democracy

Author: John Keane
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1847377602
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The work of one of Britain's leading political writers, this is no mere antiquarian history. Stylishly written, this superb book confronts its readers with an entirely fresh and irreverent look at the past, present and future of democracy.