Democracy in America: Volume I

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D. Appleton, 1899 - Democracy - 416 pages
 

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Every time I read this book it gives me chills to see how accurate it is. A must read for all who are interested in American politics.

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Page 219 - The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is, in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible.
Page 272 - I question whether democratic institutions could long be maintained ; and I cannot believe that a republic could subsist at the present time, if the influence of lawyers in public business did not increase in proportion to the power of the people.
Page 263 - It is of great importance in a republic not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers, but to guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part.
Page 220 - The nation which indulges towards another an habitual 'hatred, or an habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest.
Page l - King, defender of the faith, &c., having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith and honor of our King and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do, by these presents, solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic...
Page 306 - States the sovereign authority is religious, and consequently hypocrisy must be common; but there is no country in the whole world in which the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America...
Page l - God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better ordering and Preservation and Furtherance of the ends aforesaid; And by virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general Good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.
Page 311 - On my arrival in the United States the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention; and the longer I stayed there, the more I perceived the great political consequences resulting from this new state of things.
Page l - IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign lord King James, by the grace of God of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, king, defender of the faith, etc.
Page xxviii - The gradual development of the equality of conditions is, therefore, a providential fact, and it possesses all the characteristics of a divine decree : it is universal, it is durable, it constantly eludes all human interference, and all events, as well as all men contribute to its progress.

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