For us to know who we are as Americans, we should always watch the news and read works of the past. Democracy in America is a key book to read and know who we are as a people.
Sections to Read in Democracy in America
Tocqueville’s Vision of History and America
(Vol. I, Author’s Intro.; Part 1, Chaps. 3-4; subsection on “Political Effects of Administrative Decentralization” in Chap. 5).
Tocqueville on Associations and the Tyranny of the Majority
(Vol. I, Part 2, Chaps. 4, 7, Conclusion).
Tocqueville on American Culture
Read Tocqueville, (Vol. II, Intro; Pt 1, Chaps 1-2, 5, 11; Pt 2, Chaps. 1-5, 13-15; Pt 3, Chaps 17,
Tocqueville on American Society and Family; Conclusions
(Vol. II, Pt. 3, Chaps. 5-12, 21;
Pt. 4, Ch. 1-3, 6-8).