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democracy in america This page intentionally left blank. To view this page please refer to the print edition of the book. This page intentionally left blank. Alexis de Tocqueville DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA s4s4s4s4s4 Edited by Eduardo Nolla Translated from the French by James T. Schleifer volume 1 L liberty fund Indianapolis This book is published by Liberty Fund, Inc., a foundation established to encourage study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals. L The cuneiform inscription that serves as our logo and as the design motif for our endpapers is the earliest-known written appearance of the word “freedom” (amagi), or “liberty.” It is taken from a clay document written about 2300 b.c. in the Sumerian city-state of Lagash. English translation, translator’s note, index, 䉷 2010 by Liberty Fund, Inc. Foreword to this edition, 䉷 2012 by Liberty Fund, Inc. The French text on which this translation is based is De la démocratie en Amérique, première édition historico-critique revue et augmentée. Edited by Eduardo Nolla. Librairie Philosophique J. Vrin; 6, Place de la Sorbonne; Paris, 1990. Frontispiece: Portrait of Alexis de Tocqueville by Léon Noël, reproduced with kind permission of the Beineke Library, Yale University. Map of the United States appearing in the first edition of Democracy in America (1835), reproduced with kind permission of the Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library. All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America p 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Tocqueville, Alexis de, 1805–1859 [De la démocratie en Amérique. English] Democracy in America/Alexis de Tocqueville; edited by Eduardo Nolla; translated from the French by James T. Schleifer.—[Student ed.] p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. isbn 978-0-86597-840-9 (set: pbk.: alk. paper) isbn 978-0-86597-838-6 (v. 1: pbk.: alk. paper) isbn 978-0-86597-839-3 (v. 2: pbk.: alk. paper) 1. United States—Politics and government. 2. United States—Social conditions—To 1865. 3. Democracy—United States. I. Nolla, Eduardo. II. Schleifer, James T., 1942– III. Title. jk216.t713 2012 320.973—dc23 2011041363 liberty fund, inc. 8335 Allison Pointe Trail, Suite 300 Indianapolis, Indiana 46250-1684 democracy in america This page intentionally left blank. ...


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