Summarize what Alexis de Tocqueville said about American society

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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.