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American Democracy
This paper discusses the writings of Alexis de Tocqueville, John Stuart Mill, and Edwin Godkin on American democracy.
# 55568 | 3,000 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Jan 31, 2005 in Political Science (U.S.) , Political Science (Mill, John Stuart)

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This paper explains that the idea of democracy, when it is over-simplified to mean "majority rule", is the idea, which Tocqueville, Mills, and Godkin watched become corrupt as America matured. This paper explains Alexis de Tocqueville, one of the first to write prolifically about the American experiment, knew that a pure democracy was no guarantee of continued freedom. The author points out that Godkin, writing at the time of the Civil War, watched powerful individuals rise to leadership by influencing public opinion or gaining political power for themselves.

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