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Alexis de Tocqueville has been extensively chronicled as a pioneer sociologist and political philosopher of democracy during the early nineteenth century. However, his writings on the problems of social and economic transitions to an industrial society have been largely overlooked. In this book, Seymour Drescher presents a thorough analysis of Tocqueville's concern for the lower classes of society, viewing his thoughts on slavery, poverty, criminality, and working class conditions, and their place in an evolving egalitarian society.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. I. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. II. Models of Democracy
  2. pp. 19-50
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  1. III. Industrialization and Democracy
  2. pp. 51-87
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  1. IV. The Residue of Dependency and the Notables
  2. pp. 88-123
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  1. V. The War on Poverty: Prison Reform
  2. pp. 124-150
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  1. VI. The Abolition of Slavery
  2. pp. 151-195
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  1. VII. Social Revolution and Class Conflict
  2. pp. 196-250
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  1. VIII. Social Structure and Democratization
  2. pp. 251-280
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  1. Bibliographical Note
  2. pp. 281-288
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 289-302
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