First of all, please remember that Democracy in America is a huge book and very hard to summarize in a few words. Three major points about American society:
- America is a society of joiners. Everyone belongs to civic organizations, lodges, or other types of organizations. It's part of what made us so democratic.
- Democracy started from the the bottom up. Town governments were where people learned to be good democrats and that affected things all the way up.
- America was susceptible to having a "tyranny of the majority." It had all this freedom and democracy, but had a strong tendency toward suppressing minority points of view.