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02.05.02 Tocqueville, Alexis de, Democracy in America, 2 vols. Trans. Henry Reeve. Published in 1904

Our Review

Among other things during this period, this classic work offers an unbiased observation of the slavery issues during the mid-1830s: how the North abolished slavery without freeing any of their slaves, the difficulty of emancipation in the South, and predictions of calamity after the inevitable occurred. Particular attention here is called to his chapter entitled “The Three Races in America.” The author also comments on confederations and their fatal weakness, and compares any potential coercion of a State by the Union with the coercion of the colonies by England in 1776.