Advisor

Thomas D. Morris

Date of Award

1983

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in History

Department

History

Physical Description

1 online resource (100 p.)

Subjects

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859), Judicial opinions -- United States, Majorities, Minorities -- United States

DOI

10.15760/etd.3241

Abstract

In the decade of the 1830's, Alexis de Tocqueville published a perceptive analysis of America in the Jacksonian era, which focused upon the customs, manners and intellectual habits of its citizens, and their social condition as seen through its political institutions. He advanced the proposition--a paradox of democracy--that equality of condition was as compatible with tyranny as with freedom. The social consensus, which stemmed from the wide acceptance of doctrine of equality and common wants and interests, when brought to bear upon legislator and judge, public official, juryman, and the non-conforming individual, he termed the "tyranny of the majority."

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Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/18672

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