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Majoritarian and Racial Tyranny: Tocqueville and Beaumont

Michael T. Gilmore

in Surface and Depth

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195157765
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199787784 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157765.003.0003
Majoritarian and Racial Tyranny: Tocqueville and Beaumont

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This chapter compares Tocqueville’s Democracy in America to Gustave de Beaumont’s novel Marie, examining the concept of the tyranny of the majority in both works. Beaumont corrects Tocqueville’s generally favorable view of American democracy by arguing that the United States has reinstituted the caste system of race.

Keywords: Tocqueville; Democracy in America; Beaumont; Marie; race; tyranny of the majority; American caste

Chapter.  2558 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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